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. JayneQP

    Mr. Cathy,
    7 Judge not, that ye be not judged.

    2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.

    3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?

    4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?

    5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.

    Judgment is an ugly business. One might be better served by being an example of goodness rather than pointing your finger at that which you believe to be sinful. What sins have you committed. According to this quote, at least one.

    August 2, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      He's not judging anyone. He is merely stating his opinion about what he chooses to believe.

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

    Just shows how many "Haters" there are in this country of ours.

    August 2, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  3. caseymills

    My GAWD!! This is not about christian values or any other values. Any person may have any beliefs he or she wishes. Chick-fil-A is under the same law requirements as any other business in america. They have violated no law. The CEO has expressed his preferences and if he chooses to donate money for his beliefs....His choce. Lets not keep the momentum going thnking this is political when it is NOT.Free speech is still a right and there is an attempt to demolish that right if it runs counter to popular belief. But, that's the point of free speech and freedom of religion. It's so that it cannot be trampled by government; state or federal. Please people – get a hold of yourselves. I understand that this issue is laced with personal hurt and emtion, but it is ultimately one man's, and his group's beliefs. He does not and cannot, require the staff to believe a certain thing. Why are you people trying to persecute him for his beliefs? Is there someone persecuting you for yours? Report that if they are. This is not an example of a corporation trampling personal beliefs or orientation. Get a grip.

    August 2, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. L. Jones

    Let's see................"candidate Obama" opposed gay marriage yet wasn't crucified by the "left"..............I believe the word is hypocrisy. I will forever be fascinated by the philosophy of the "left", which seems to be, "You have freedom of speech, freedom of thought, freedom to form your own opinions.................AS LONG AS THEY MIRROR MINE!!!!!"

    August 2, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Brad

    Tell me again what this has to do with this story?

    August 2, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Brett

    I don't think an 8-pack nuggets and waffle fries was what Jesus had in mind.

    August 2, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Glenn

    Any business owner in America should feel free to hold his beliefs and state them to the public. Anybody can decide to buy his product or not buy. Thank God and the Fathers, Mothers, Brothers, Sisters, Sons and Daughters who have died to protect this freedom. REMEMBER: IT WAS ADAM AND EVE, NOT ADAM AND STEVE!

    August 2, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Keets

      That is the least intelligent (not to mention least original) comment I have ever read. Holy moly, get out a little more often.

      August 2, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • HARRY VALENCIA

      Adam and Steve have also died to protect your freedom to say all that garbage

      August 2, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • claybigsby

      " REMEMBER: IT WAS ADAM AND EVE, NOT ADAM AND STEVE!"

      REMEMBER: the book was written by a bunch of men over a long period of time then edited by other men to fit their agenda of power, money and to convert pagans. It was not written or inspired by god.

      August 2, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carl

      Unless you obtained a wife by removing one of your ribs, it ain't you either.

      August 2, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sane

      Wow. I was with you until your idiotic last line in CAPS.

      August 2, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stephen

      Adam and Eve? So is incest ok? God seemed to approve that. Adam and Eve had two boys, remember?

      August 2, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • B.

      No one is upset about the fact that he voiced his opinion. We are upset about what the opinion is, and are thus voicing our own opinion. Everyone who is making this a free-speech issue really doesn't understand their opposition's point.

      August 2, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • DrewNumberTwo

      So what?

      August 2, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Just remember that Adam and Steve also died for his, and your freedoms!

      August 2, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  8. glades2

    As usual I'm a day late (lol) but was there today for lunch – the folks at the counter smiled at me as if knowing why I was there (I must have looked nervous, as usual – lol)...

    I don't like being in the middle of a controversy but will do it if God wants me to be there, and glad to be there today to add my own drop of support...

    August 2, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • JayneQP

      ...as the blood of a dead creature trickles down your lips. You good, good man.

      August 2, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • money

      Who invited PETA?

      August 2, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Larry L

    Bigotry is always a big seller with the right-wing Christian community. The past ten years has convinced me to put effort into ensuring my grandchildren do not get sucked-in to the the cult of Christianity. Both are now old enough and intelligent enough not to accept the false message of love and peace – when really Christianity is about fear and hate.

    August 2, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bleedingheart

      Larry, Nice post. Anyone with half a brain agrees with you.

      August 2, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brad

      And boycotting businesses due to the differing beliefs of others is not about fear and hatred????????

      August 2, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Doug

      Where is your open mind Larry?

      August 2, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • charlie

      This isn't about Christianity or Islam it is about the right to speak your mind without threat of persicution from people like you. As for your grandchildren I pray someone saves them from your twisted view.

      August 2, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  10. dRandal

    Do employees at Chick-fil-a get good health insurance?

    August 2, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mary

    Great! America just got even fatter!

    August 2, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Realist

    Talk about being intolerant, the Left can't accept an opinion that differs from theirs; what a bunch of hypocrites. Good for Chick-filet standing up to their beliefs. And to the left, your little protest mobilized those Americans who believe in free speech and their own religions.

    August 2, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • claybigsby

      please learn the definition of free speech as it applies to the con...sti..tut...ion

      August 2, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  13. kelli

    I also bet Mr. Cathy has at least one gay person in his extended family. But they would be afraid to be themselves for fear the Christians would judge them and most likely, disown them.

    August 2, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Miller Barber

    This used to be America where you were allowed to believe what you wanted. Unfortunately the Liberal Media, the Mayors of Chicago and New York and Joe Biden believe you your views conflict with theirs you should be harmed.

    August 2, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  15. IluvChikn

    I have a Gay brother who has reading all the comments from the last few days on CNN and MSNBC sites. He laughs and mocks more liberal views than anybody. As a proud American who understands free speech he doesn't let what Cathy said bother him. He also thinks that holding a "kiss in" does nothing for the cause but promote a freak show type atmosphere. Gay people have the right to be Gay and Cathy has the right to say whatever he wants.

    August 2, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • charlie

      I agree totally.

      August 2, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
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