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. TryinaDoRight

    Im glad someone is trying to live on a higher standard. Biblical familial support is not hatred, its in support of natural order. And im happy for them to try and live and walk righteous ina unrighteous world.

    August 2, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Roxx Zip

      Ain't a damn thing natural aboutthe bible...

      August 2, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Grant23

    Well I hope they understand that their "record sales day" will not make up for the fact that they won't be able to expand into northern markets. Enjoy it for now – it will mean nothing after the quarter ends.

    August 2, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  3. L.A.

    Thank you ProperVillain for your comment. I am with your thinking.

    I am a progressive Jewish Christian and I am horrified and completely embarrassed with the so called Christians and their stance and their conduct with this chick-fil-A thing. All I can see is hatred and legalism and zero tolerance.
    I am certain that the executives at Chick-fil-A have not been reading the scriptures. Especially the scriptures where Jesus is speaking.
    This is so not an enlightened approach to a national news issue.
    To the unenlightened executives of Chick-fil-A: People, could we maybe use the giftings that we receive from God & Jesus (Like love, tolerance, acceptance, understanding. forgiveness) in the right effectual manner?
    I will never ever ever ever ever spend my money at Chick-fil-A or any of it's franchises in my lifetime. You all are missing the boat entirely.

    August 2, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Not2Blue

    Now even more money will pour in to these hate groups thanks to CFA Appreciation Day. Look for that money to fund more anti-gay legislation, more anti-gay advertisements and more anti-gay initatives. This is not free speech, its suppression and aggression. I have faith that God will not stand for these so-called christians sitting in judgement on their neighbors, friends and family members whom just happen to be gay.

    August 2, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  5. LynnieMae

    It's not really possible for that majority of Americans who think the Chik-Fil-A owner's position is all about hatred to set a record, is it?

    August 2, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Peter

      LynnieMae: Hatred? No darling. It is about FEAR and IGNORANCE.

      Read this board and you will find both items in abundance.

      August 2, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  6. jason

    This whole thing isnt a question of if the Chic-Fil-A President supports gay marriage. I couldnt care less if you are gay or if you want to marry. The problem came when the mayors of these cities said that they would not allow this company to open in their city because the head of that company did not agree with people who are currently in ofice. People need to be able to distiguish between the two there. I support gay marriegae, but I DO NOT support politicians denying a permit to a ccompany to build just because they dont agree on a phylisophical issue. Even Huckabee said it isnt about gay marriage, it is about mayors abusing their power to stop a compnay from building.

    August 2, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • jason

      And by the way, it isnt like he had a press conference and told the world he didnt support gay marriage. He was being interviewed by a reporter from a religious organization, and he himself is a very religious person. That is why the store is closed on Sundays by the way. In fact, I commend him for answering a question honestly rather than dancing around it like alot of people in his position would do.

      August 2, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • claybigsby

      just cuz they say they want to ban them from building franchises, they legally cannot. This is just their opinion and will never happen. First amendment protects them

      August 2, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Loomis


      August 2, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • max3333444555

      agreed. its one thing to have a different opinion but using a government post to enforce an opinion, especially when its based on (maybe misguided) religious tenets is wrong.

      August 2, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • T in NH

      "I support gay marriegae" (I know you meant "marriage", but I didn't want to arbitrarily change your quote.)

      I think, then, that you are unaware that Chick-Fil-A has given *millions* of dollars to organizations that actively work to deny marriage to LGBT people. Some of the organizations would take that exclusion further, calling for the legalizing of discrimination against LGBT people, groups that believe in "praying away the gay" (which has been proven to cause damage to LGBT people), and one has even been labeled a bona-fide hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

      A portion of every CFA sale goes to these groups.

      So this is not about free speech, or a handful of city mayors saying a restaurant isn't welcome in their cities. It's about the fact that CFA doesn't merely speak against acts against it.

      If you have ever eaten there and didn't realize this, you of course can be forgiven. Now that you know this, if you support CFA you are actively choosing to NOT support gay marriage.

      So...where do you stand now?

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

      T in NH
      I see your point. And yes I am aware that they give money to anti gay right organizations and such. But that does not change the fact that you CANNOT deny a permit to build in a city because you do not agree with the company owners' social ideas. Let them build there, and if enough people do not agree with the company, then they will be forced to go out of business in that area. They do not force people to eat there, and people will speak with their wallets in the end. And to be honest, when I do business with a company such as reastaurants and stores, I am buying their product, not their policies. And if you are saying that they give money to these anti gay organizations, ok then, thats fair. I will tell you that just about every company gives money to BOTH SIDES of every issue.

      August 2, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  7. asdf

    Congrats guys. You waited 2 hours on line for a crappy overpriced chicken sandwich. You could never keep up sales enough to undo the costs of a real boycott. I'm sure some whites tried to ride the busses in Alabama more often though, back when THAT was the dumb thing you all rallied around.

    August 2, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • place57

      This will go down as a liberal FAIL...

      August 2, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • geckopelli

      You statement is moot.

      There is no "real" boycott.

      August 2, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • US guy

      Who knows what they did while waiting. You never know these days. Maybe some guys met their new boyfriends.

      August 2, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  8. David

    How many Chick-fil-A employees have health insurance?

    August 2, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • place57

      Who cares?

      August 2, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Free speech

      Bitter much?

      August 2, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  9. kamarasune

    Wonder how Rahm Emanuel is enjoying the taste of that political backfire lol.

    August 2, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Matt S

    I would have gone to show my support, but I don't fear gay people......

    August 2, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Gnome

    They support traditional marriage – one between one white man and one white woman with no rights to vote or own property. Three cheers for tradition!!!

    August 2, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Molly

    Proverbs 23:20-21
    Be not among drunkards or among gluttonous eaters of meat, for the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, and slumber will clothe them with rags.

    August 2, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • claybigsby

      thank you for quoting verses written by ancient men.

      August 2, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Just a Normal Person

    It appears gay bigotry day was a success.

    August 2, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Boytjie

    It just kills you that they look better than you do, huh?!

    August 2, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  15. TL

    Regardless of your religious/moral views, the last thing our country needs right now is a Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day. How about a Diabetes appreciation day, or a Heart Disease appreciation day?

    August 2, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
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