August 2nd, 2012
10:40 AM ET

'Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day' sets record, restaurant chain says

Chick-fil-A says it set a sales record on Wednesday, the day that supporters rallied around the fast-food chain amid a debate over its president's opposition to same-sex marriage.

The chain won't release sales numbers, but "we can confirm reports that it was a record-setting day," said Steve Robinson, Chick-fil-A's executive vice president of marketing.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee had called on people to buy food at the chain on Wednesday, which he dubbed "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day," after a backlash against the company and their president.

The controversy started after an interview with the fast-food restaurant chain's president and COO, Dan Cathy, appeared in The Baptist Press on July 16. He weighed in with his views on family.

"We are very much supportive of the family - the biblical definition of the family unit," Cathy said. "We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that."

On a Facebook page Huckabee created announcing the event, more than 620,000 people said they would participate.

He called for a response to a backlash against the restaurants and its president. Customers flocked to the restaurants on Wednesday, many showing their support for the chain and Cathy's opposition to same-sex marriage.

Gay rights activists are planning to hold a "national same-sex kiss day at Chick-fil-A" on Friday.

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  1. EffortPA

    "Top Eleven Signs You're a Christian:"

    11- You believe in a book (New Testament) that was written 80 years after your Messiah died by men who never met him and who believed the earth was flat and the Sun revolved around the Earth, but continuously deny modern science books.

    10 – You vigorously deny the existence of thousands of gods claimed by other religions, but feel outraged when someone denies the existence of yours.

    9 – You feel insulted and "dehumanized" when scientists say that people evolved from other life forms, but you have no problem with the Biblical claim that we were created from dirt.

    8 – You laugh at polytheists, but you have no problem believing in a Triune God.

    7 – Your face turns purple when you hear of the "atrocities" attributed to Allah, but you don't even flinch when hearing about how God/Jehovah slaughtered all the babies of Egypt in "Exodus" and ordered the elimination of entire ethnic groups in "Joshua" including women, children, and trees!

    6 – You laugh at Hindu beliefs that deify humans, and Greek claims about gods sleeping with women, but you have no problem believing that the Holy Spirit impregnated Mary, who then gave birth to a man-god who got killed, came back to life and then ascended into the sky.

    5 – You are willing to spend your life looking for little loopholes in the scientifically established age of Earth (few billion years), but you find nothing wrong with believing dates recorded by Bronze Age tribesmen sitting in their tents and guessing that Earth is a few generations old.

    4 – You believe that the entire population of this planet with the exception of those who share your beliefs - though excluding those in all rival sects – will spend Eternity in an infinite Hell of Suffering. And yet consider your religion the most "tolerant" and "loving."

    3 – While modern science, history, geology, biology, and physics have failed to convince you otherwise, some idiot rolling around on the floor speaking in "tongues" may be all the evidence you need to "prove" Christianity.

    2 – You define 0.01% as a "high success rate" when it comes to answered prayers. You consider that to be evidence that prayer works. And you think that the remaining 99.99% FAILURE was simply the will of God.

    1 – You actually know a lot less than many atheists and agnostics do about the Bible, Christianity, and church history – but still call yourself a Christian.

    August 2, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • levelheaded

      EXACTLY!

      August 2, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • kdmquito

      spot on!

      August 2, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  2. KJV

    We have pride events all over America. There are tons of gay friendly businesses as well. So why not be diverse and allow an alternate place to eat even if they don't agree with the GLBT community? The owner never said he hated anybody.

    August 2, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Luke

    It is quite amusing that liberals hate pro family and Christian organizations but endorse Muslims, who hold extremely conservative, anti-gay and anti-female views.

    August 2, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Lee Tutt

    Just like everyone else the First Amenment gives as the right of freedom of speech regardless if you are pro or con. as long Chick Fil A do not discriminate when hiring that is the problem?????

    August 2, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mike

    Well I hope we interview ALL fast food CEO's and board members to get their view on politics and policy? Because this information has SO much to do with if I like there food or not. These questions could be asked in a sort of "trial format" before these restaurants are "allowed" to open in our towns. The Sheep-ople of this country really should find something meaningful to spend their time worrying about! The Congress and Senate are spinning this country down the toilet (both parties) and we are spending time on this........

    August 2, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • RJ

      Mike, this wasn't about "politics and policy." It was about religion and the 1st Amendment right to be able to voice one's religious beliefs without having mayors and news pundits lashing back in anger and demanding retaliation.

      August 2, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Babula Matongo

      There is a indication of where. I am there. Their is an indication of possession. I like their food. Expressing one`s opinion is great. Writing it correctly is a show of respect for others. Please use the correctors.

      August 2, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. IAMBeowolf

    What did you say? I missed it...

    August 2, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Peter

    Wow. Were you sticking out your tongue and jumping up and down when you wrote this?

    By the way, if you think CNN is "liberal", then why did I just read three articles by conservatives on this site?

    August 2, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Not2Blue

    You so called christians will throw your own children out on the street if you find out they are gay. Employers will take a good hard working person and fire them from their jobs if they find out they are gay. Gays are cornered and beaten and sometimes killed just because they are gay. Now gay people are again villified for defending themselves against companies that give millions to hate groups that want to cover up and promote this mistreatment of gays. Gay marrage really has nothing to do with it. You christians who lined up to stuff your face with this junk food should be ashamed.

    August 2, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Bob

    thats a generalization, youre just as bad

    August 2, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  10. jimbob

    You never mix business life with personal life. You keep the two seperate.

    August 2, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      jimbob,

      And Mister Cathy does. He made the statement as a private person and the flaming komrade libs picked up on it and turned it into a Chick-fil-A "issue." Glad to see that decent human beings have shown their support for Mister Cathy by giving his company a record setting day 🙂

      Scott

      August 2, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Nicole

    In a few years, we won't be having this debate...gay marriage will be accepted and society (for the most part) will move forward, just like we did with slavery. There will always be those who, just like people who continue to discriminate against blacks, find ways to discriminate against others for being different. Just a sad world that we live in in general...not much good in it.

    August 2, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      It's just a question of how many lives can we destroy before we get to that point. Isn't that our history?

      August 2, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      in your dreams. All of the states that will legalize this already have. It is expressly forbidden in another 30 states. The peak has been reached. Yesterday PROVES it.

      August 2, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      Chick-fil-a did not discriminate, they stated their own beliefs. I'm divorced, but I'm not offended he said he was married to his first wife. Who cares? They have good chicken sandwiches. I'm digging in.

      August 2, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • steinj

      Those are scary times, marriage is a sacred covenant upheld by God. Only between a man and a woman. A marriage can't be a sacred covenant when it starts in sin! But I guess Americas family values have dissapeared because of the high divorce rates so yea, since we are all sinners we keep living in sin so it would not surprise me if the US approved gay marriage.

      August 2, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Krista Y

      I don't see this as discriminating or close to slavery at all. They aren't refusing to serve gay couples or asking them to sit separately from other customers. It is simply them stating their beliefs and we as consumers have the right to continue to patronize their business or not. Chick-fil-A has always operated their business under Christian values, why do you think they are closed on Sunday?! I personally don't see a problem with gay marriage however I also don't see a problem standing behind your beliefs.

      August 2, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Luke

      then leave

      August 2, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  12. phil

    all this hate coming from the liberal left is making me hungry. Is there anyone with a brain who would like to join me for lunch at chick-fil-a? yum yum love that chick-fil-a 🙂

    August 2, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Doncville

    What about the civil right to eat what the fook you want?

    August 2, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  14. James

    Well, we always knew that America was at the mall. Where's the surprise?

    August 2, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  15. lol

    Thanks, now please, take your pills.

    August 2, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
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