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. Muchadoaboutnothing

    Anything over 5 customers an hour is record setting.

    August 2, 2012 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Muchadoaboutnothing

    620,000 responded. There are over 300,000 million people in the US. The combined I!Q of those 320,000 is 12. Haters hate, love the attention.

    August 2, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Sam

    If anything all this has done is made him even richer,so yall keep on protesting and watch his bank account continue to grow.

    August 2, 2012 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Na*

      No such thing as bad publicity

      August 2, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Llinda

    I don't really understand what everyone is so upset. First of all religion has nothing to do with marriage, you can get married at the court house and that is not a very religious setting. People should seperate religion from basic rights and stop gettiing the 2 confused. This is a classic example why I don't believe in religion I do believe in God but not religion that is mans way of imposing what they think is right upon someone. Anyone that is in love and a commetted relationship should be allowed to get married, without fear of pursecution from another person. People should worry about much more important things like the economy for example.

    August 2, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Steven

    Isn't this beyond hypocrisy? Ok – the business wants the male-female marriage (as in the Bible) – BUT the bible also states
    – no pork products shall EVER be consumed, and Chick Fil-A serves bacon.
    I can give more, but wouldn't just one more be redundant?
    HYPOCRISY AT ITS FINEST – Rebuplicans keep shooting themselves in the foot. All for their own selfish reasons.

    August 2, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      If you are referring to the Jewish food laws then you are correct. however, Jesus came to fulfill the law. One more thing as gentiles "non-Jews" they do not need to practice Jewish law. If you are going to talk crap lets at least be informed about it.

      August 2, 2012 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  6. BoldGeorge

    Most of you who may not believe in God, much less in the things of God have at least acknowledge that there is power in belief...and standing firm behind it.

    The president of Chick-Fil-A did not offend anyone in anyway. Everyone is still welcome to eat there. He would have offended God, Christians and his belief system if he would have backed down and offered an apology.

    No one has been able to answer this: If you believe Mr. Chick-Fil-A was not ent.itled to his religious opinion, then why, if there are dozens of Christian churches in each neighborhood in each city of the US, and everyone knows that every bible-believing church is not in favor of gay-marriage, why aren't the governors, mayors, and every other politician doing something about an establishment that is full of "hate-preachers"?

    It's the power of God. That's why!

    August 2, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brooke

      @BoldGeorge, I will pray for you. Your religious views are of no import to the rest of the world, it's as simple as that. Your relationship with your God is between the two of you. Even our founding "fathers" acknowledge the need to differentiate between government (and even commerce) and religion, thus a "separation between church and state." To answer your question of "then why, if there are dozens of Christian churches in each neighborhood in each city of the US, and everyone knows that every bible-believing church is not in favor of gay-marriage, why aren't the governors, mayors, and every other politician doing something about an establishment that is full of "hate-preachers"? – it's because it has nothing to do with their job or role, thus, the separation. I find it odd, both comical and disgusting, that people would turn out and spend money on food that is obviously awful for you in an effort to show support for bigotry disguised as Christianity. I say, well played Chick-Fil-A... a fantastic marketing ploy to target folks that feed off of fear and ignorance. Keep making that dollar!!

      August 2, 2012 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Keetok

    Just wanted to point out to some of the responders that your and you're are different words. Nothing makes a poster look less educated than making this simple error.

    Also making broad generalizations about either group shows a great amount of ignorance. Stop all these sweeping generalizations

    August 2, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Name*I'm just hungry

    Can I eat a piece of chicken without politics and religion written on it???

    August 2, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Name*I'm just hungry

    Can I eat a piece of chicken without politics and religion written on it????

    August 2, 2012 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Obama Mama

    Mmmmmmm. processed meat. Not healthy. I heard Fm. Govenor Huckabee said to go to Chick Fil A and support not supporting gay and lesbian marriages. But when people came on here and said they would not eat there any more because they believe adults who love each other should be able to marry, the religious right were all over them, hipocrites.

    August 2, 2012 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  11. greg

    as a gay man i can only say this whole episode has done nothing for our cause, with the exception of hurting it. i also want recognition by the government that i CAN get married to the person that i want AND be allowed to enjoy the benefits (including federal) that "marriage" provides. i could care less about what the "right leaning" president of a chicken chain thinks or says....he has that right. i have a right as a gay american to request recognition by my government for my choice in partner equal to what a straight person has...that's all. religion will do what it will do, however what my government does concerns me greatly – as it should concern even the majority of americans. it is very american to protect each american's rights. nuff said....let the chicken go people – that is a distraction and a harmful one to our legitimate issue of "gay marriage".

    August 2, 2012 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jackie

    Amazing how more people will show up to express hate than will show up to vote or protest against a war...

    August 2, 2012 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jackie

    Here's another idea, Chick Fil A eaters: If you really really support traditional marriage, then hold a rally to outlaw divorce. Write to your representatives, too. Divorce rate in this country is 50 percent. If you support divorce, you don't care all that much about traditional marriage.

    End divorce now!

    August 2, 2012 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • renatot korona

      support this call! this is the only way we can fight China. If we cannot win by military action and diplomacy, we could try winning the heart of the world. USA and EU should realize by now that their economic woes was made by China. The cheap products produced by China through involuntary servitude made them very attractive for consumers and made companies from US and EU to outsource their production. The result was loss of jobs and income. Boycott China made products if you want to save your country and help small countries in Asia that are suffering from Communist Chinese aggression.

      August 2, 2012 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Babs

      Now Jackie that is just crazy talk! That goes against everything they believe 🙂 I just wish the citizens of this country will keep their religion out of my government.

      August 2, 2012 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • RottenToast

      They're all celebrating the Mali stoning death of a couple who had committed adultery. Actually, I'm they are outraged, even though Sharia law is basically following the Old Testament. I wonder how many women eating at Chik-Fil-A yesterday were menstruating and should have been banished from their homes. I wonder who had sausage or bacon and Chik-Fil-A yesterday. They follow their book of fables a la carte.

      August 2, 2012 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • MensaMan

      Jackie:
      ever hear of a non-sequitur? Look it up, and learn.

      August 2, 2012 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Facts of Life

      If jobless barry is re-elected, I will only buy foreign made products, except for gasoline and some food. I will buy chinese chlothes. My wife will get a Mazda Miata for Christmas instead of a Jeep Wranghler. If Americans are that clueless about the economy, they DESERVE four more years of high unemployment.

      August 2, 2012 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • chisaii

      Jackie– 100% with you on this!

      August 2, 2012 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • larryb

      how will that protect marriage??? those scary gay people are the threat cause they keep having gay babies...oh wait?!?

      August 2, 2012 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Greg

      renatot korona,
      Greed is what got America and the EU in the state that we are in. Though China is communist and agaist most everything we believe, they are our landlord. Boycott your landlord and see where it gets you!

      August 2, 2012 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Ira

    I think I'll go get a #1 with coke to drink.....

    August 2, 2012 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • larryb

      you sound more like a #2

      August 2, 2012 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
  15. clakjak

    I appreciate that CNN allows people to state their opinions. MSNBC does not.

    August 2, 2012 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
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