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. Dan

    I will never patronize their bigoted business again!

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

      So, no great loss...probably a gain actually.

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

    To do list:
    1) Eat at Chick Fil A
    2) Watch Mayor's of Boston, Chicago and Philidephia sweat and lose next election
    3) Conveniece Huckabee to run for president again.

    August 2, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve09

      4) Support Chik-Fil-A's causes.

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

      Hey Tator Tot..hope you choke on all three of your things to do.

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

      you forgot 4) Exit parents basement long enough to get burrito out of microwave

      August 2, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Steve09

    People say this isn't about free speech because Dan Cathy wasn't arrested. I believe this is about free speech. Sure Dan Cathy wasn't punished by arrest, but so many people want him punished in other ways. Calling for boycotts, denied/revoked business licenses, calls for investigations, threatened lawsuits, etc... . Some have even threatened property damage.

    Anyway you package it, those threats are very real actions designed to inhibit expression.

    Those threatened punishments do not promote free speech. What happened to tolerance of opinion?

    August 2, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brad

      Exactly!!!

      August 2, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  4. walkingfan

    Come on ....leave the holy roller crap at home...your ego and opinions really don't have any place in the business world. Your chicken has never been that good and after the fake 'appreciation day' promo, people will go somewhere else to eat their chicken – Go KFC!

    August 2, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat?

    The moral of the story is... if your business is going down, become a bigot and the so called religious right wing and faux news will fall in and alert all other bigots to come to spend all thier welfare money at you business and boom! record sales!! way to go bigots!!

    August 2, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Dave

    The only reason we as a nation continues to exist is because of people who have taken a stand for what is morally right. "Then he said, “Let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak but once more: Suppose ten should be found there?”And He said, “I will not destroy it for the sake of ten.” Genesis 10:32 People who are not perfect but continue to pursue what is right before the all mighty God. When people go out of their way to chase after unrighteousness and spit in the face of God with the kind of life they have chosen to live are all signs that we are livening in the last days!

    August 2, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • geckopelli

      YOU are what's wrong with America.

      August 2, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Duane - St. Pete FLA

      settle down dave with all the god crap....this is a freedom of speech issue. You and the other bible thumpers need to tone it down as you get the left plenty of ammo with your god squading.....I'm a GOP guy and am tired of you thumpers sounding like the knuckleheads you are. It's about his FREEDOM OF SPEECH. Keep god to your self.....

      August 2, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Just Me

    I wish it would stop. I live 30 miles from the closest Chick-Fil-A and can't drive. I'm craving their food now. Geez....

    August 2, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  8. David

    Still does not change the fact that I will never eat there again.

    August 2, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      There's another sleepless night for Mr. Cathey (sarcastically in case you don't get it)

      August 2, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Rob

    asdf....uh, why would you say that. Why would the country avoid them WHEN THE MAJORITY OF THE COUNTRY SUPPORT THEM.

    August 2, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • steinj

      it is Sodoma and Gomorrah all over again! The only good news about that is it means God will be fed up with all the sin and come once again! And we will all be judged, im just glad that I chose not to interpret the bible to my own inadequate understanding and to fit my own views.

      August 2, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Profit

    I could care less either way because I don't judge anyone, don't have the right to tell anyone how to live their life. Only God can do that. But to make it about profits is ridiculous. How about announcing where they will be spending/supporting with the the money. I certainly expect Huckabee to compensated with "donations." Why not donate to special olympics or hospitals or shelters for that matter. Make your religious/for God statements work for good instead of profit. My 2 cents...which is worth less than that.

    August 2, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Molly

    Let's all express our contempt for other humans through stuffing ourselves with artery-clogging food. Nothing more American than being overweight and hating gay people, how original.

    August 2, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Duane - St. Pete FLA

      who said anything about hating the gays? all he said was HIS view of marraige was between a man and women. He did not say he hates the gays, he did not say they would not serve gays, he did not say they would not hire gays....so if it just bils down to you disagree with HIS stance.......then that's your view....and you have a right to express it. FREEDOM OF SPEECH.....dummy

      August 2, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • ROB BREWER

      A true Christian does'nt ha e gay people. God don't hate gay poeple, but he does hate sin. I feel we should love all people as God loves us.

      August 2, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • ROB BREWER

      A true Christian does'nt hate gay people. God don't hate gay poeple, but he does hate sin. I feel we should love all people as God loves us.

      August 2, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jason

    The Religious Right as such hypocrites. Every single year they boycott companies based on how Jesusy their X-mas marketing campaigns are. However when the tables are turned on them, they now proclaim that relgiously based boycotts are out of line.

    Now let's talk about how Christian organizations AND the Tea Party officially endorsed boycotting Campbell's soup because they offered Halal friendly products.

    August 2, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Duane - St. Pete FLA

      then dont eat at chick-fil-a.....thay dont care....they will be fine.

      August 2, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Rich

    Wow, this article has it all wrong. The controversy started after fascist liberal politicians use there clout to limit the owner's 1st amendment right to free speech. Germany had a similar event back in 1937, it was called Night Of Broken Glass.

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

      So when local Christian politicians block out other businesses because of their personal beliefs is that a violation of free speech?

      August 2, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Meredith

      Do stop that. One has absolutely nothing to do with the other...invoke Godwin's law, why don't you!

      August 2, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Duane - St. Pete FLA

    this was about free speech....not gays. libs are very "progressive" and accepting only if you agree with them....other than that they completely un-tolerant.

    August 2, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Roxx Zip

    I smell a kickback!!

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