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. Truth4God

    Funny, next year when Chic-fil-a goes out of buisness because the hater idiots will be on a totally different crusade, the President will retire and leave the company to its bankruptcy. C-Ya. I'm married straight and christian, but will not eat at CFA again....ever.

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

    Nice to see that hate and intolerance are still alive and well in America. You're a country full of hypocrites.

    August 2, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ltd

    The chickens! Won't anyone think of the chickens!

    August 2, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  4. GAW

    So now this restaurant chain has more money to oppose gay marriage. oops! Don't like it at all.

    August 2, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • rob

      "No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money." Matthew6:24

      August 2, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Network

    Typical liberal hatemongers..... Chick-a-fil never refused to sell or hire GLTB. All the CEO did was express his opinion. Dumb-o-crats are such hypocrites...

    August 2, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • QuestionEverything

      Talk about being hypocrits? How about taking specific language that fits your ideals from a book that is several thousands of years old and completely disregarding the remainder of the text. I want the scripture of marriage to followed to the T. (although you've probably never read the bible, so have no clue what I'm talking about) Now that, sir is the definition of hypocrite.

      August 2, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darth Cheney

      Yes, his opinion that these people are less worthy of rights than others. In other words, hatemongering.

      August 2, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      ...the irony of this statement is so huge, I am left speechless.

      August 2, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Network

      @questioneverything You just proved my point. Also, the bible is not a book, but a collection off 66 scrolls and letters arranged in one book.

      August 2, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • rob

      "Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you." Matthew 7:1,2

      August 2, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jay jay

      Since when is it wrong to state your opinion??? Liberalism gone flippin crazy!!!

      August 2, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      @Network – Of course they're not discriminating towards customers. They will take $$ from any one.

      August 2, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mike

    Just because your not a supporter of gay rights does not make you anti gay. Chick Fil A was amazing yesterday! God bless

    August 2, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Yowza

    Hmmm....which part of 'traditional marriage' is Mr. Cathy trying to conserve? The part where women are property and merely a vessel by which to incubate the owner's/husband's offspring? That is what 'traditional marriage' was, and continues to be in most of the world. How many of those married women lining up for those deep-fried, processed chicken parts would consider themselves 'property'?

    August 2, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • mgc tampa

      exactly!!!

      August 2, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • QuestionEverything

      Absolutely. I've been saying that for years. The christian right does not take the art of critical thinking too seriously.

      August 2, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      His statement said that he is for the OMOW marriage, and that he strongly is opposed to divorce. I wonder how the GOP pawn Rush (married to wife #4) Limbaugh feels about the latter one.

      August 2, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Ted

    Gay Americans have had to fight hard all of their lives for themselves, for the generations before them and for the generations of gay Americans yet born for piecemeal government recognition of their existence, their human worth and for their God-given rights. Huckabee and Palin should high five the next time a group of gay men are executed in Iran, Somalia or some other God forsaken place. They are setting the tone for further struggles in this country and others. Many gay Americans find it difficult to separate the actions of the owner of Chik-Fil-A, Huckabee and Palin to the greater governmental opposition to their existence.

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

    Great Marketing Strategy!! and now this company has made a huge sales profit in a couple of days just for being controversial!!

    And all of you that fell for it and went to stand in line to give them your money.

    How ignorate can you be???

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

      @TZTCA

      Don't call someone ignorant and then spell it wrong. Do I need to spell irony for you?

      August 2, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  10. mgc tampa

    this entire conversation and the actions of the fools that showed up yesterday are silly. The owner has the right of free speech and if anyone doesn't like what he says don't eat there. I won't because I don't support any kind of discrimination. Those people that showed up thought they were supporting him when in reality, they were supporting discrimination. Also their right. So let it go and lets talk about real issues.

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

    Think of the damage done to those christian arteries yesterday..a thing of beauty.

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

      yep, heart attacks, strokes diabietes,,,oops my bad, they probably won't have health insurance to address these issues after the republicans repeal the affordable care act. Oh well, at least the funeral home business willl expand and create jobs!

      August 2, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Don

    What a great marketing ploy. Every business wanting to take advantage of vulnerable Americans should do this. Make a million dollars and go sin. LOL.

    August 2, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Wazzup

    Best chicken I ever had. I'll eat there anytime. Now, even more.

    August 2, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • rob

      "It has been said, 'Anyone who divorces his wife must giver her a certificate of divorce' But I tell you that anyone who divorcees his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness, causes her to become an adulteress, and anyone who marries the divorced woman commits adultery" Matthew 5:31, 32

      August 2, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  14. zen

    looks like Gays want more and more rights these days and want everyone else to agree to their terms. If gays do not like normal people supporting the restaurant, which is our right, you can go to freaki..n aother place to eat your sh..i..t.

    Gays – please do not talk about human rights and freedom of speech when u do not understand the meaning to start with.

    We believe in biblical meaning of marriage, period.

    August 2, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yowza

      Hmmm....which part of 'traditional marriage' is Mr. Cathy trying to conserve? The part where women are property and merely a vessel by which to incubate the owner's/husband's offspring? That is what 'traditional marriage' was, and continues to be in most of the world. How many of those married women lining up for those deep-fried, processed chicken parts would consider themselves 'property'?

      August 2, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • mgc tampa

      yes by all means only white christians have rights in this country. All others no need to apply.

      August 2, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • GH

      They do not want MORE rights, just the same ones that you enjoy.

      August 2, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darth Cheney

      Thank you for revealing what all this is really about. You could not possibly have summed up the true colors of your side more vividly.

      August 2, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • memebusters

      Really, then practice what you preach and DONT DIVORCE. You are nothing more then a hypocrite!!!!! You will never win your hate battle. The left is taking over this country!!!!!!! You and I both know it. You have your guns but they will do you no good!!!!! OWS was much bigger then your stupid tea party!!!!!!!!! You know it!!

      August 2, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • rob

      "An unmarried man is concerned about the Lord's affairs-how he can please the Lord. But a married man is concerned about the affairs of this world-how he can please his wife-and his interests are divided." 1 Corinthians 7:32

      August 2, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      @ Zen – Not true. Gays just the same rights as anyone else. Please fill me in on which additional rights they are seeking? Are they looking for a right which you don't have already?

      August 2, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Peter

    Most of the Chick-Fil-A locations are in RED states.

    So why is a big anti-gay marriage turnout at these locations such a surprise?

    August 2, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
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