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. Vesstair

    No one wants to hear you talking. Why don't you take your deviant, hate filled speech and go somewhere else?

    Note- I'm not trying to take away your RIGHT to speech. I'm voicing an opinion that you SHOULDN'T speak. Unlike the people you seem to support, I'm not trying to prevent other people from doing what they want when it doesn't hurt me.

    August 2, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. The Great Republic of Texas

    The PEOPLE have SPOKEN, so put your tails between your doggy legs and hit the road you DEVIANTS!!!!! The Majority is still in CHARGE!!!!!

    August 2, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  3. L Dixon

    Amen @gdaym8

    August 2, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Sean

    This would all be a non-issue if several liberal mayors had not overstepped their authority in an attempt to attack a private corporation whose CEOs values are different than their own. I believe the mainstream media would be in an uproar if a mayor of a city attempted to ban a company if it's CEO came out in support of gay marriage. I do not feel strongly either way about marriage issue, and truthfully I prefer KFC over Chik FilA; however, it is completely wrong for an elected official to attempt to block private organizations from existing due to a difference in values.

    August 2, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patriot

      Remember the 'Whites Only' signs in restaurants back in the pre-Civil Rights days? Obviously not, you are probably too young to remember and to know that discrimination and bigotry are not an excuse for 'doing business.'

      August 2, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Grinning Libber

    So what? Now everyone knows they support hate groups. Their sales will tank!

    August 2, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • humongodong

      Can you enlighten us on which hate groups they support?

      August 2, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  6. J.C.

    I will not tolerate those whose views are different from mine!

    August 2, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. onesilentmajority

    Freedom of speech is not allowed for the Christians any longer in this country? And we're called the bigots? I will shop wherever I find the best value, no matter the views of the owners: amazon.com or Chick-fl-a. Free speech and free enterprise were once accepted as a God-given right. So sad to see this right taken away by bigots–not Christians.

    August 2, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Nospam

    I'm glad to see that a lot of people are turning up to support someone that was being vilified simply because his views didn't match those of CNN.

    August 2, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  9. banasy©

    Such utter, contemptible hatred is so, so sad to see.
    I'll let the reader decide which side of the aisle I'm speaking about...

    August 2, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Patriot

    Chick-fill-A... Kind of reminds me of the Whites Only signs on restaurants in the South back in the 60s. Thought America had evolved past that kind of bigotry but, obviously, I'm wrong.

    August 2, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Dennis

    They won't release numbers because of taxes.

    August 2, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  12. ignorancemustbebliss

    You're calling them trash?!? Isn't that ironic.

    August 2, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Zach

    There is something amusing about people who would choose to use the government to deny basic civil rights to groups of people they don't agree with, arguing about government officials trying to deny basic business rights to a business they do agree with.

    Irony.... it might be hard to see for some, but it isn't lost.

    August 2, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marci

      So true Zach

      August 2, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  14. KC

    Why dont you "Lefties" get it through your thick skulls!!! It is EVERYONES RIGHT to voice an opinion whether you agree with it or not. There are Gay Pride parades and demonstrations as well as those for the Arian Nation or Nazis. Anyone may disagree with the premice of these but it is still their right as Americans to free speech..so get over yourselves and move on with your lives.

    August 2, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • CFA Funds Hate Groups

      ...ummm it is also our right to voice our opinion about their opinion. Get over yourself, you are not saying anything novel.

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

      Sure it is their right to free speech..what isn't right is discrimination

      August 2, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jonathan G

      Exactly KC, anyone has the right of freedom of speech. What the 1st amendment does not do is prevent any backlash or opposing speech from detractors. We all have the right to free speech. If I were to say that "I do not believe that whites and blacks should be married," I should also expect that other people who have a differing viewpoint to speak their opinions as well. It goes both ways, and both sides have been childish in this debacle. Dan Cathy made a comment, others such as many mayors and representatives made opposing comments, Huckabee made a statement, and the gay population made another statement with their "Kiss Day." I don't see anything there "attacking freedom of speech" since they all got their opportunity to say what they wanted to.

      August 2, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  15. youngster

    No wonder there is constant bickering... Those who promote traditional marriage look to smear gays, while those that promote gay marriage look to smear christian groups. If groups looking to promote their belief attack those that does not agree, how can we come to agreement? If only one side wins, battles will continue to be waged. We need to look to reach an agreement, in which both sides agree to respect other's right to hold their own values, while respecting each other. Now, how difficult can that be?

    August 2, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • balls

      simple answer. one side has all the rights and has never been denied rights in theis country. the other side is being denied rights. you cant say they need to respect each other's opinions until they both share the same rights. its not that difficult if you think about it beyond the surface.

      August 2, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
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