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. Mary

    He owns a business. I choose to eat at his business. I get food. He gets a little profit.
    He has every right to hold his own opinions. And you have a right to yours.
    Being a successful business-person doesn't make one a target for you.

    August 2, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  2. DP

    that is a good answer to that annoying and relentless attach from minorities on majority... we do not want LGBT people to dictate us what we can and can't say...

    August 2, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  3. mary

    I think the gay community is going to find the shove back is bigger than their push..
    They need to accept that most people do not agree with them redefining marriage.. And that anyone may speak their mind in America.. And you don't have to like it.. But even those that feel marriage is between a man and a woman may say so..
    Good job proving the gay agenda is not taking over.

    August 2, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Keith

    i'm pretty sure Sandusky is Christian. A closet christian pedophile, who would have guessed. Not many of them in the church

    August 2, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Katy

    Why is it that a person can't have an opinion or belief? How do the mayors of Chicago and San Francisco get away with stating they will block a company (and added jobs potentially!) because they don't agree w/ how the company's owner believe? Isn't that in itself a form of bigotry? or is that ok, because CFA is run by someone not afraid to share and stand by his opinion that they don't happen to agree with. When did we lose our right to speak our own minds withot retribution from our government?

    August 2, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Peter Griffin

    Don't forget to teach them where the outhouse is and how to eat without any teeth. Oh, and how to burn crosses.

    August 2, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Rich

    These chik-fil-a people are so stupid, they don't realize the Apostle Paul said there is no reason to observe the Sabbath. The Apostle Paul said that each individual Christian should decide whether to observe a Sabbath rest, “One man considers one day more sacred than another; another man considers every day alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind” (Romans 14:5).

    August 2, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • getoverit

      They obvioulsy feel a need to observe that day!! Did you mean to throw in a verse to make you look stupid?

      August 2, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Norbert

      I'm missing the point? What does the Sabbath have to do with an individuals postion on gay marriage. Your are however right on though about the chosen date of rest. The sabbath was made for man, not man for the sabbath. Mk2:27

      August 2, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lisa

      Why are they stupid, Rich? If they want to only be open 6 days a week, who cares? It hasn't hurt their sales.

      August 2, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  8. John

    Intolerance = lack of toleration; unwillingness or refusal to tolerate or respect contrary opinions or beliefs, persons of different races or backgrounds, etc.

    This chain is insane when it comes to gobbling up land.
    35 locations in the Charlotte, NC
    67 locations in the Atlanta, GA
    25 locations in the Orlando area

    August 2, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kafir

      Can't help but wonder if the irony is lost on "Network".

      August 2, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Puleeze

      That "toleration" will get you every time!

      August 2, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lisa

      Intolerance = lack of toleration; unwillingness or refusal to tolerate or respect contrary opinions or beliefs, persons of different races or backgrounds, etc.

      But yet the Gay and Lesbian community show lack of toleration; unwillingnes or refusal to tolerate or respect contrary opinions or BELIEFS........why do Christians have to be tolerant of them but yet they are so intolerant of Christian beliefs? We have the right to our beliefs and should be free to voice them....just as they have the right to theirs and are free to voice them. But unfortunately, if you disagree with them....a person is intolerant....but it's okay for them to be intolerant.

      August 2, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • jeremy

      Each branch is a franchise owned by a "small business person" who hires tens of workers . Would you rather them take the jobs elsewhere? How much land and property does government own in those cities and how much of it is productive?

      August 2, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  9. tigrr

    Gotta wonder if the anti-gay thing wasn't all a big publicity stunt. Cause a scandal – you get Free publicity. Decent chicken, but the lard landen biscuts might kill you.

    August 2, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lisa

      Funny how things work...if the media and the Gay and Lesbian community didn't make such a big deal about his statement...not of this would have happened. They are the ones who gave them free publicity. And he said nothing bad about gay and lesbian people...he just said he believes in traditional marriage. He has to right to his beliefs and a right to voice them...just as the other side does. If people don't want to eat there because they don't like his beliefs...fine. And if they want to help increase sales there...keep protesting and complaining.

      August 2, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  10. the voice of reason

    Wonder what Jesus would think about the people posting here.

    August 2, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • rob

      Jesus says "Do not judge, or you too will be judged" Matthew 7:1

      August 2, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • DeeCee10000

      "Yay! I'm so proud I supported the bigots at Chick Fil A. Bigotry's great! I'm eating more fried chicken for Jeebus!"

      August 2, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • thekid

      Jesus doesn't switch hit or play for the oher team.

      August 2, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  11. John

    Why is defending the right to free speech now "hate"? You can disagree- and just don't eat at Chik-fil-A. That is absolutely your right. And the Cathys can support their views as they like. So long as government stays out of it (I'm looking at you, Chicago, Boston, NYC) and doesn't attack First Amendment rights, what's the issue? Lots of people who disagreed with the Cathy's stance will "defend to the death (their) right to say it."

    August 2, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • ms

      Exactly!

      August 2, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Angst Fornow

      Odd how gays can have parades and gatherings for recognition of their lifestyle and choice. Expression could be one description. But now, to have someone express their point of view and it be lamented, even damned, is of such a one sided nature it can be described as appalling to say the least. No one is saying gays should not exist, all they are saying is there is an lifestyle besides the so-called alternate lifestyle. Maybe Mr. Cathy has a not so hidden agenda, but he can't change the minds of those that already choose an alternate lifestyle. Don't sweat the small stuff GLAAD and have a chikin' sammich

      August 2, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cesar

      It's funny how some people want to preserve some archaic notion about marriage, when the bible has been altered, censored or had portions of it erased for centuries now since it's creation. If you really are a "true" God worshiping person, perhaps you should acknowledge your own hypocrisy at simply amending the supposed word of god as long as it meets your own delusional agendas. I'm not very religious as you might tell, but I sometimes hope there is a god so he can one day put an end to the stupidity of some of you people. Bring the floods back, lets go retro.

      August 2, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Zach

    Do you have the courage to stand up for what this country was built upon? Can you stand and defend at the top of your lungs a person saying things that make your blood boil and that you would oppose for the rest of your life because he has the right to say whatever he wants? Then SHUT UP about what Dan Cathy wants to say or support. If you don't like it, don't go there.

    Do you have the courage to admit that while you might believe something from your religion is morally reprehensible, making laws out of your religion, that not everyone agrees with, makes you no better than the group of people in Syria that stoned a couple to death today for adultery because their bible says that is the law. You get to believe whatever you want. The MOMENT you want to make public laws out of your religious beliefs, you've become a traitor to your country and should be treated as such.

    If it isn't ABOUT YOU then stop trying to make it about what YOU THINK.

    August 2, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mad as Hell

      Terrific, if this country is full of people willing to turn back the clock and return to the foundations that this country was built on like slavery and discrimination, then yeah, I'm a traitor. And proud of it.

      August 2, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Daniel

    Its just freedom of speech. He can say what he wants and that is the way the United States works. I don't get how there is so much surprise and outrage anyways. It was no secret. The business is closed on Sundays!

    August 2, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kafir

      That, and the fact that he gave $2 million to organizations that are fighting to prevent gay marriage to, not just christians, but ALL Americans.

      August 2, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Inky

    Supporting CF's CEO isn't about supporting his archaic views on marriage, it's about supporting the right to have a divergent opinion. I don't see any evidence that the restaurants discriminate against the LBGT community. The CEO of a privately held company should have the freedom to express his personal opinions even if do not agree with them.

    August 2, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mary

    Doubt they'll suffer much from this. Alienating some of their customers, in this instance, has gained them other customers.
    You supporters do not yet have majority control of what happens. Until you do, you'll have to work with the rest of us.

    August 2, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
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