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. confused

    The bigots are clearly seen in the comments. The ones spewing hate towards Chick-Fil-A.

    August 2, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kafir

      What's worse, hating a minority, or hating the haters? It's not rocket science, but maybe I'll give you an extra day before replying.

      August 2, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      Oh, the poor mistreated straight majority,....my heart weeps.

      August 2, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  2. SDTangler

    Did Jesus every speak out against gay marriage?? Can't one be both gay and Christian?

    August 2, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Havanas

    We ARE the laughing stock of the world already!

    August 2, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Stacy

    I dunno, I mean we are 40 + years out of the Civil Rights movement and a black couple is denied the right to marry in a white church down South. Our own President and his wife could still be barred from marrying in a church in the country he runs because of the color of his skin. To me.. that dwarfs the issue of Chick Fil A and it's beliefs on Gay marriage. I just wonder why are we expected to swallow gay marriage and it's acceptance overnight? These things obviously take years to allow for adjustment of thought and behavior. I have no problem with Chick Fil A taking a stand and I have no problem with gay marriage. Do what you gotta do but this whole "shock and awe" campaing by the Gay and Lesbian community is gonna backfire. Force people to believe what they don't want to through sheer intimidation, rants, raves and character beatdowns and people will only disagree MORE. People need more time. Just because you are ready to come out and be proud and look for lift up from your family and community, doesn't mean they are ready to give it. Is it hate? No, it only becomes hate because people need an audience to listen to them. Cry foul, that will get attention to my cause! Your asking people to learn to think another way than they were raised and that doesn't just happen in an instant.

    August 2, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Kafir

    Jackmason,

    Maybe you didn't get the memo that the president of chick fil a donated $2 million already to organizations that fight to block gay marriage. On my planet, that speaks louder than words.

    August 2, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  6. CommonSense

    I am all for anyone doing whatever they want. This goes for gay marriage and speaking your mind. It really is nobodies business. I, however, cannot possibly fathom why ANYONE cares what a fastfood president says. The guy owns a fastfood chain. If you take what he says seriously, you have problems. If you are worried about what others think, then you have problems. People in this country care way too much about what other people think and what they do. Worry about yourself and stop thinking for one second that others care about your opinions.

    Me personally, will not go there for two reasons. One, their chicken sandwiches suck and I am not lazy enough to make one myself. Two, I don't eat fastfood because I care about my health.

    August 2, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  7. JD

    CFA will serve anyone, be he gay, straight, Muslim, Jew, black, white, or whatever. Does that mean CFA employees are all Muslims? No. Many probably have a low opinion of Islam, just like most atheists do. But that doesn't make them intolerant. They just disagree.

    However, unlike CFA and Dan Cathy, there are lots of people who are whipped into a violent frenzy by the mere suggestion that someone somewhere disagrees with them. These people are called "liberals", and they will stop at nothing to destroy those whom they have decided are their enemies.

    August 2, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve Giles

      Conservatives do the same thing. Does that make it right, nope but it's the truth.

      August 2, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Steve Giles

    This is short lived because anytime one wears their politics or religion like a badge of honor they tend to alienate more than they fortify.

    August 2, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Bulloch

    The first clue this was incredibly stupid should have been the fact Mike Huckabee endorsed it, for me, that's enough to know it was wrong.

    August 2, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr. N.

      And yet it worked. Who's wrong or stupid here, exactly, skippy?

      August 2, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ec

    It's impossible to boycott gas in most cities, thanks to oil companies getting rid of public transit and preventing investment in alternative fuels. What these people do is vote and support investment in alternative fuel, carpool, ride their bikes instead of drive when possible, grow their own food, etc. It's impossible to boycott every company that should be boycotted, but we do what we can. Our country is run by corporations, tell them how you feel by voting with your wallet.

    August 2, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • ChrisG

      Or better yet, by leaving the country. Cuba is only 90 miles away, so have fun in your progressive socialist paradise while we Americans return to the free market!

      August 2, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • CFA Funds Hate Groups

      ChrisG, Free Market is good. Plutocracy is bad. We are a lot closer to that than we are to socialism or free market capitalism.

      August 2, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  11. TheRightIsWrong

    In regards to the chic fil a pres; He has the right to be a bigot – and I have the right to call him a bigot. But really, I think it's a great idea for all the bigots to come together and raise their cholesterol levels to try to prevent people from marrying the person they love. They are dinosaurs anyway. Eating these sandwiches will only quicken their demise.

    August 2, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • bb

      so in your thinking you must be evil cause the bible says so ????

      August 2, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • DAVURGE

      Dont worry, Honey, I ate TWO chicken bisquits for you and chased it down with a glass of your tears...mmmmm.. so good...so right...

      August 2, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • yeswedid

      Yes I agree let them clog their arteries with chicken fat and talons. Mike Huckabee here's to your heart attack!

      August 2, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • G Stanford

      God our creator and final judge says to hate the sin but love the sinner. God hates sin and states in no uncertain terms that sodomites will not enter into the kingdom of heaven then who are we to say we're right and God is a bigot. We don't even have the power to solve the common cold or HIV, etc yet we falsely believe we actually are smart. Even blind stupidity has followers but the end result is always the same.

      August 2, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • CFA Funds Hate Groups

      G Stanford,
      There are a lot of sins out there, why so much hatred and energy devoted to this one. Anyways, I think it is an abomination like eating shell fish or shaving your beard.

      Also the Sodomites were a little more than just gay, by the way. You can't be hateful then hide behind the Bible. God would not like that. Kind of like baring false witness when you twist it.

      August 2, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Patriot Awesome

    This is clearly a plot by the socialist left wing to kill the radical right by tricking them into eating excessive amounts of fried chicken and having heart attacks.

    August 2, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Hamburgllar

    Did anyone notice this if you overlay the drought map on the CFA map, it's the same? Must be God's way of punishing them.

    August 2, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  14. R

    This whole thing has been blown way out of proportion. The CEO is allowed to take whatever stance on the issue he chooses. While I don't agree with his stance and won't spend my money at Chick-fil-A I absolutely disagree with government officials preventing the company from operating in their cities because they don't agree with their beliefs. That assault on freedom would be far greater than anything the CEO said. Speak with your money and boycott if you feel that way but don't remove even more of the freedoms we enjoy.

    August 2, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • bb

      well put

      August 2, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheRightIsWrong

      no one said they cant be in their city. the mayor of boston (a town with none) said he was glad they didnt have one. no one is going to shut them down (other than themselves).

      August 2, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  15. anonymous

    Just what we need , more fat and stupid people

    August 2, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
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