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. LBC

    Really! Why would anyone want to eat that Chick-Fil-A artery clogging crap anyway?

    August 2, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  2. California

    Liberals can not and will not silence the American people's 1st amendment rights.

    August 2, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wade

      Nor their Gastrointestinal rights!
      Mmmm, Waffle Fries...

      August 2, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • CommonSense

      People can think what they want, but it's also a right to point out how backward, dumb, bigoted, racist, etc... their thoughts are. It goes both ways. In fact I'm all for people saying what they believe so that there is no doubt. You know that old saying, 'Better to keep your mouth shut than to remove all doubt' – well I'd rather mouths stay open and truly express how a person feels. That way when a decision on something is being debated, you know where people stand.

      August 2, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. angryed

    Had no idea that is what was going on yesterday...passed the local chick-fil-a and the line was out of the parking lot and down the street....good to see alot of people still believe in free speech...even when it is ill advised

    August 2, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Hohumm

    I wanted to go yesterday but the store in our town is still being built. Proco Joe is just pandering for votes so he can keep his cushy city alderman job.

    August 2, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jane

    Just imagine the good that could be done if all the people who showed support for Chick Fil A would show the same amount of support for after school programs, food banks, soup kitchens, shelters, etc. It's a shame people are willing to come out in droves to back a corporation but such a small percentage will offer to help their fellow man and communities.

    August 2, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wade

      If I got a chicken sandwich out of it, you bet I would!

      August 2, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • California

      It's a shame OWS doesn't to what you say but then again OWS would destroy whatever they touch.

      August 2, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Luke

    Most of the hate I see here is directed at straight people and Christians.

    August 2, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Pappione

    The gays and their liberal supporters are becoming irrelevant ... How terrible for them! No one wants to pay attention to the whiners any longer, and the support for Chik-fil-A proves that their voices and opinions are absolutely meaningless!

    August 2, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Fran

    WHOA! These in-your-face, holier-than-thou supposed Christians make me sooooooooo glad that God in Her infinite wisdom and compassion gave us the Buddha, Mohammed and Lao Tzu as well as Christ.

    August 2, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wisconsin

      Amen to that!

      August 2, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Glenn

    Hey gays, I believe marraige is only between a male and female. Please come and protest my business so I can set record sales!!!

    August 2, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • rob

      Glenn that behavior is very un-Christ like. I will pray for you.

      August 2, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Michael

    Wow, "Kempo"...you said "those of you who seek to impress your anachronistic morality on the rest of us deserve no liberty... you deserve no equality – you deserve absolutely no freedom. you are the cancer."

    Gee, SOMEBODY is a little cranky and a hater. Lighten up, Francis. 🙂

    August 2, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wade

      Yes, its funny how some that claim to be concerned with civil rights, are equally ready to strip those rights away from you if you don't share their opinion. Shameful.

      August 2, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  11. California

    LIberals and gay people are trying to DICTATE to others how they should think.

    August 2, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Bob

    Religion is only a belief. Not everyone believes in "God." I've never seen so many people caught up in such a stupid thing. This is like an episode of South Park just waiting to happen to much fun of how stupid most of you people look like debating on what YOU THINK is right or wrong. Ya'll have way too much time on your hands to care about OTHER people and what THEY BELIEVE or DO.

    August 2, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Shephard

      How sad for you Bob.

      August 2, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Reason Warrior

    Funny how God never comes around anymore, now that you mention it. Seems like ever since science gained a foothold, there's a word for people who show up claiming they are God, or the son of God, or that God talked to them. That word is "crazy." Think about it.

    August 2, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • le

      Nah Bruh!!! it's the fool that has said in his or her heart that there is no God!!!!

      August 2, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lucy

      Funny how God doesn't come around anymore EVER SINCE WE KICKED HIM OUT! But, trust me, He'll be back shortly.

      August 2, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • PushingBack

      I thought you were going to say "Republican."

      August 2, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jay

    So are they going to eat a chicken sand which before or after the make out session?

    August 2, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wade

      They should be able to kiss all they want... With Each Purchase. 🙂

      August 2, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Cyric

    Lot of religious delirious idiots out there no doubt

    August 2, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • nate

      Yes and comments like that will surely sway them... Why not attack them and call them id!iots then try to get them to agree with you. Yeah that's a plan!! You are the brightest!!

      August 2, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
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