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. Nate

    I'm in line already, picking up lunch. Best restaurant on the planet.

    August 2, 2012 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Conrad Murray

      your standards are the doldrums

      August 2, 2012 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Zeke2112

      I'm assuming the only other place you've ever eaten is KFC.

      August 2, 2012 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Hugh Jass

      "snooty liberals that would take a differing opinion as hate speech probably dont eat fast food anyways" Dream on. I ate there all the time, and it's not the differing opinion I'm against but the actual donations to hate groups. They've lost my business, and you aren't going to eat there in my place either. And who says "snooty?" Are you a fifteen-year-old girl?

      August 3, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mac

    So Conservatives all flocked there on ONE DAY. That wont erase the future losses incurred when Liberals dont eat there for THE REST OF THEIR LIVES.

    See the difference?

    August 2, 2012 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
    • MatarLaRaza

      The liberals will lose their food stamps soon....

      August 2, 2012 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      Well, when they go to he11 for being ghey, ya see..they'll be there for eternity. See the difference? LOL!

      I'm driving 14 hours to a Chikfila today...just cause I hate the idea of one man ramming another mans fecal matter astray. Eww......so disgusting.

      August 2, 2012 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Snobbery

      @Mac

      Please, snooty liberals that would take a differing opinion as hate speech probably dont eat fast food anyways, you're too busy being self-righteous at those trendy vegan-coop eateries.

      August 2, 2012 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Those intolerant liberals. They just will not tolerate someone not thinking like themselves.

      August 2, 2012 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
    • J.

      So you don't think conservatives won't eat at Chick-Fil-A after today? I'm sure they will continue to support this great company again....and again...and again.

      August 2, 2012 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      Exactly. Unless conservatives plan to eat there all the time, they have lost business overall. I love the food. I am no longer a customer. Not because they stated their opinion but because they put their money, money made through sales, into support of an anti-gay and an anti-woman agenda. If they want to be the business for ultra right wing conservatives, 20% of the population, have at it. Its a stupid business model for growth.

      August 2, 2012 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
    • kdog

      Stop making this a conservative and a liberal thing. I'm a conservative, and I find the owner's opinions disgusting.

      It's a religious thing, and that's where the problem is.

      August 2, 2012 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      Lol, nice try but fail logic is fail.

      August 2, 2012 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Butchie67

      Hey Mac, I don't believe that libs eat that sort of food anyway so there should be no noticeable difference in CFA's bottom line at all.

      August 2, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • tupelo10

      You think this was for just one day?

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

      Have you seen the waiste line of many right wing nuts? Somehow I don't think they need a cause to make a fried food run...

      August 2, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • middleroad

      I would like all who are boycotting this establishment because of the proprietor's beliefs to research the beliefs of the proprietors of all the establishments they do business with and if those folks don't agree with your beliefs then boycott them as well. Why stop at Chic-Fil-A? Don't discriminate now. I'll bet you all run out of places to shop and eat very quickly. Idiots.

      August 2, 2012 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hugh Jass

      I was a regular customer. I'll never eat there again. Neither will most of you people who "drove fourteen hours to save marriage from gays." And I'm not gay, so save your insults. They give money to lobbyists to persecute gay people, and I don't support bullies.

      August 3, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hogan's Goat

      "Stop making this a conservative and a liberal thing. I'm a conservative, and I find the owner's opinions disgusting. " God hates you.

      August 3, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • F. Manscado

      Who cares what liberals do?

      August 5, 2012 at 7:07 am | Report abuse |
  3. David

    Woo Hoo, i will be eating there again. Way for people to show that free speach is alive and we'll and were not going to bow to anybody because they disagree with something somebody said.

    August 2, 2012 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Hugh Jass

      I ate there for years and didn't care that they were Christian nutties, since a lot of my friends are Christian nutties. But I won't stand for them using money I spent there to bully some gay people. Let's see how they do without my money, ok?

      August 3, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Will Johnson

    Never have I been quite as concerned for the state of this country as now, after Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day. Let me be clear, I HAVE NOT boycotted Chick-fil-A because of company President Dan Cathy’s comments on marriage equality. I may not personally agree with him, but that’s the beauty of America; we have the right to express our opinions freely. I HAVE boycotted Chick-fil-A because Dan Cathy has used profits from Chick-fil-A to donate five million dollars to organizations that advocate criminalizing gay people, denying gay people the ability to serve in the military, denying gay people the right to marry, depicting gay people as pedophiles, making it okay to fire gay people, denying gay parents access to their own children, denying children of gay couples the protection that comes from having both parents recognized as having responsibility for that child, treating gay people as broken, in need of repair, and depraved, along with a host of other oppressive initiatives. Yesterday, thousands of Americans packed into Chick-fil-A’s across the nation, many seeking only delicious chicken, but many others went to show their support of the anti-gay organizations and initiatives that Dan Cathy supports. I worry for what that says about us as a nation. I fail to understand how denying anyone their human right to marry, to serve their country, to be a parent, or simply to exist free of discrimination can be justified by ANY means, especially in a country founded on the principle of the separation of church and state. Just because one group does not approve of another’s lifestyle does not grant them the right to deny the other their rights as equal citizens, and I will defend this view as long as I live.

    August 2, 2012 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Butchie67

      Hey Mac, I don't believe that libs eat that sort of food anyway so there should be no noticeable difference in CFA's bottom line at all.

      Will, I think that is CFA's point. They may feel that the same America that you live in in your mind is the same one they want to live in. You have your thoughts and convictions and they have theirs. Simple isn't it; when you realize that your dreams and visions conflict with others and in your mind's eye they become a vile group. Guess what? That means you have become what you hate.

      Have a really nice day and remember doing the right thing is easy. Knowing what the right thing is; there is the hard part.

      August 2, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • KJH

      Good stuff, man!

      August 2, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Penny

      Spend much time out of your closet, Will ?

      August 5, 2012 at 7:08 am | Report abuse |
  5. stjdsj

    And Jesus answered and said,
    "Have you not read (in Genesis 18-24) that God who created them from the beginning made them male and female (not male and male), and said, 'For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother (not father and father) and be joined to his wife (female helpmate), and the two shall become one flesh (married)'?
    "So they are no longer two (male and female), but one flesh (married). What therefore God has joined together let no man separate." (Matthew 19:4-6, eyewitness written testimony of Matthew, A.D. 38)

    August 2, 2012 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Boytjie

      Jesus had a lot more to say about divorce than about being gay. When will you start demanding that divorce be made illegal?

      August 2, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • onoudont

      The author of Matthew is unknown. Most Bible scholars date Matthew to about 80-90 CE and believe it was likely written by a highly educated Jew of that time. Whether any of the events depicted in Matthew were actually experienced by the author is unknown.

      August 2, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • onoudont

      The author of Matthew is unknown. Most Bible scholars date Matthew to about 80-90 CE and believe it was likely written by a highly educated Jew of that time. Whether any of the events depicted in Matthew were actually experienced by the author is unknown.

      August 2, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Shephard

      Love it , believe it and here these twisted perverts (and not just gays, but political leaders as well) are mocking GOD and trying to mock those that believe in him. We are nearing the end.

      August 2, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  6. tnfreethinker

    It's so sad to see so many people supporting discrimination.

    August 2, 2012 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
    • whatev'r

      lol

      August 2, 2012 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
    • tnfreethinker

      I understand. No way to argue against a FACT.

      August 2, 2012 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      Really? Do you even know what 'discrimination' means or did you just hear Al Shartpon say it and it sounded cool to repeat?

      August 2, 2012 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
    • tnfreethinker

      Obviously you don't know what discrimination means. Let me help you out. Here's a common definition:
      treatment or consideration of, or making a distinction in favor of or against, a person or thing based on the group, class, or category to which that person or thing belongs rather than on individual merit.

      August 2, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ms Emmy Lou

      I agree. The religious organizations and their follows pick and choose verses out of the bible to serve their own purpose. Jesus was about Love for all. Why don't they point out the verses where Jesus hung with the outcasts of his time and even the pagans. The religious organizations of his time persecuted him for his beliefs, even killed him for it and now look at how many follow Christianity and use it for the same purpose. My God is not a hateful god and if it is then I guess I will go to hell with the rest of the people that love and tolerance for one another. Hell, if you want to quote the bible, doesn't it say not to judge lest ye be judged?

      August 2, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • tnfreethinker

      Thank you Ms Emmy Lou. You are a true Christian, and so few can say that.

      August 2, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Wes

    I would not eat that junk. I especially would not eat "road kill" prepared by people who use hatred as a motivation and religion as a catalyst.

    August 2, 2012 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  8. Bman

    Let the whack jobs eat there the rest of their lives, maybe they'll all get stomach cancer. At least civilized people, won't have to put up with them.

    August 2, 2012 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  9. Babs Johnson

    In other news: The CEO of Burger King will be releasing a statement today about the Bush tax cuts, and the president of Carl Jr.'s will hold a press conference tomorrow concerning stem-cell research

    August 2, 2012 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Hugh Jass

      The reason they won't is like the man on tv said, no one wants controversial fast food. They don't want it. This is suicide for CFA. You don't pick fights with your customers and you don't scare away potential franchisees with controversy. They have lost half their regulars, and those people aren't coming back.

      August 3, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • michaelw777

      Hahahaha – pretty funny – and of course they'd have the right to their opinion, just as these owners do.

      August 3, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  10. 'Merican

    You preach it! We only allow our kind here!

    August 2, 2012 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
    • tupelo10

      No, they do not allow only "their kind" there. How do you jump from the COO believing in the traditional interpretation of marriage to gays not being allowed in the restaurants? That kind of thinking is what is frightening. Do you not know gays who have been to Chick-Fil-A?

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

      Whe did chick-fil-a say gay people could not eat at their restaurants? The CEO stated his opinion, and the opinion of his fellow business partners. When did stating ones opinions become distasteful. I feel Liberals and Conservatives both are hypocrites. They lash out at each other when one says solenoid that goes against their agenda. I support the CEO' s right to say what ever he wants, even if some may disagree with him. Free Speech Forever.

      August 2, 2012 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • RS

      So by "our own kind" you mean only people who support the LGBT agenda?

      Ironic isn't it, that your own egotistical sense of moral superiority leads you to become intolerant of other opinions.

      August 2, 2012 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • victory

      The birds of the air are of there one kind Genuessis

      August 2, 2012 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hope

      😀

      It's allright...

      August 3, 2012 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hope

      Zzzzzzzzz

      It's Alright!

      August 3, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mary

    Im eating there again today. Take that you twofaced intollerant liberal gays

    August 2, 2012 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Scout

      Good–that means I don't have to worry about seeing your bigoted butt.

      August 2, 2012 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Ralphy

      I'm sure you're on-the-downlow husband will appreciate the addtional pounds from the waffle fries

      August 2, 2012 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  12. Mary

    Not me at 10:56

    August 2, 2012 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  13. Tyler

    I sincerely hope they donate some of the profits to Second Harvest Food Bank or some other charity.

    August 2, 2012 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
    • theTrooph

      or you know, just pay their debts, employees, principals and investors, and continue donating to charity as they already do.

      August 2, 2012 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
    • bignevermo

      nahh...they wont do that..they will now give a portion of that money to groups that will stifle the rights of gay people to marry...what most people heard was that the president of CFA just said he supports the traditional marriage...what some news agencies did not report was that his company CFA ...donates a lot of money to groups that want to keep people from marrying...you know because gay marriages have a profound negative affect on everyone else's marriage! 😦

      August 2, 2012 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
    • DK

      They have the right to donate any where they like even to anti gay organizations. Nobody tells you where and how to donate your money.

      August 2, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Grant

    So the CEO of Chick-fil-A said he was actively funding anti-gay marriage organizations and was quite proud of it. A bunch of people got upset about it and started making calls to boycott, and a bunch of religious zealots decided that their last available way to make a social stand against the onslaught of the gay agenda was to eat a chicken sandwich made with msg and pickles.

    It's all pretty stupid.

    August 2, 2012 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Ray

      Its always "religious zealots" when people choose to disagree with the "gay" agenda is it not? who is the bigot here?

      August 2, 2012 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Ruston

      I'm praying for you Grant.

      August 2, 2012 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      They decided to eat a chicken sandwich in protest of government officials thinking it's okay to ban businesses that don't support their ideals. This has almost nothing to do with gays.

      August 2, 2012 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Jobi robson

      I suppose You are a Vegeterian who only eats Kosher & Organic !!!!

      August 2, 2012 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
    • TnScorpion

      Sorry, you've got it wrong. This was in response to elected officials in several cities threatening to disallow the chain because they don't like their politics. It's really a free speech issue. You do believe in free speech, don't you?

      August 2, 2012 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike Lake Orion Michigan

      I'm sorry you have no God in your life.

      August 2, 2012 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Dottie

      Grant – give it a rest. Why is it OK for the gay agenda to exist and not the anti-gay agenda? For all your liberal declarations, you are pretty narrow-minded when it comes down to anybody disagreeing with your agenda – get over it and get a life – nobody cares if you're gay except apparently you –

      August 2, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • getoverit

      Kinda like your post!! HAHA

      August 2, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hugh Jass

      "Sorry, you've got it wrong. This was in response to elected officials in several cities threatening to disallow the chain because they don't like their politics. It's really a free speech issue. You do believe in free speech, don't you?"
      Same as the Ground Zero Mosque; officials can oppose something if they think it will cheapen the neighborhood or bring in the 'wrong element.' As a believer in free speech, you were for allowing that mosque to be built, am I right? Silly, that's not free speech at all, just zoning rights. Cathy wasn't stopped from saying, in effect, 'get lost, customers,' and you aren't being stopped from eating hate nuggets. What's the problem? I'm just not going to eat there anymore.

      August 3, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  15. dittomorph

    This story highlights for me the effectiveness of Divide & Rule/Conquer in maintaining the US plutocracy . The Chick-fil-A protest drew groups from the left- gay rights, animal rights; and from the right- Tea Party, Evangelicals. It was orchestrated by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, acting as foot servant of the oligarchs. Democracy will continues to die in the US so long as the people continue to be duped by this age-old strategy. It worked for the British in India & Ireland, and continues in Israel/Palestine. Division keeps the masses from uniting against the true enemies of democracy. The collective energy spent on protesting/supporting a fast food chain over its president’s opposition to gay marriage might have been better spent on say, protesting the STOCK Act loopholes, the filibustering of the Bring Jobs Home Act, or the extension of the Bush-era tax cuts.

    DittoMorph

    August 2, 2012 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Phil

      Dittomorph –

      First meaningful response in this thread. Keep on keepin on..

      August 2, 2012 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
    • dittomorph

      Thanks, Phil. You too!

      August 16, 2012 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • TnScorpion

      Sorry, you left out the part where some government officials tried to prevent the chain from opening in their cities because they don't like their political views. Liberal companies like Starbucks, Amazon, etc. operate in the Bible Belt without any interference from government. Maybe you liberals will someday learn to be as tolerant as the people in the South.

      August 2, 2012 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Dottie

      I agree with Morph – well said!!

      August 2, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • tupelo10

      Tn Scorpion: one of the most truthful and intelligent posts on here!

      August 2, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hugh Jass

      "Sorry, you left out the part where some government officials tried to prevent the chain from opening in their cities because they don't like their political views."
      Three words: Ground Zero Mosque. Perfectly legal. Works on pole dancers and dirty bookstores as well. Don't want the wrong kind of people hanging around.

      August 3, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hogan's Goat

      "Liberal companies like Starbucks, Amazon, etc. operate in the Bible Belt without any interference from government."

      Do those companies actively lobby to get rid of churches and ban them from sponsoring Little League teams? I'm shocked! Why do people allow this? Oh, they DON'T? They just have opinions? No problem.

      August 3, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
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