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.

soundoff (1,687 Responses)
  1. jC in Western U.S.

    How do they count the people who stayed away? How do they count the people who used to eat there and never will again? I don't really think that protests and counter-protests make much difference, but I do think it's important to consider whether they have lost as many or more regular customers as they gained. I guess time will tell. I have, in the past, made decisions about which companies to patronize because of the political or social views expressed by owners. For example, if there is a choice between another fast food establishment and Wendy's I'll go to Wendy's because I liked Dave Thomas' advocacy for adoption. And I don't patronize Domino's because it's founder Tom Monaghan funded organizations that I thought were too partisan (and I still don't patronize it because he sold it to Bain Capital in 1998). I think everyone SHOULD patronize businesses that directly or indirectly provide funding for causes we like. But we should be pretty careful about thinking that one day of showy support for Chick-Fil-A is a measurement of "the majority view". The majority may very well have stayed away and there's no way to count the absence of something.

    August 2, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jeff

    How much you want to bet chic felet did this just so to make sales.

    August 2, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • HB

      @ Jeff,

      You do understand that they didn't organize or promote this, correct?

      August 2, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. memebusters

    Yes, "The traditional Family!" Today's traditional family consists of broken homes, inocent children suffering on the account of their parent's self centeredness. They divorce because "they" can't maintain their wedding vows to God. They care not for the inocent children brought in to the world by them and how the divorce will effect them. They know they are guilty so they create self rightousness by blaming Gays for their shortfalls! Then Gays pick of their slack by adopting these children and careing for them. But "straight" people are superior in the eyes of the Lord! They listen to this "Rich Thug" and his personal hatred towards us. This rich thug and his followers should be doing god's work by addressing the divorce issue among other issues like world hunger and poverty. I guess their Jesus is not the same Jesus of the Holy Bible!

    August 2, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Tonita

    In my never to be humble opinion, this was never about gay rights or lack thereof, it is support for free speech. I am not opposed to gay marriage but I certainly stand behind the man's right to say what his belief is. I don't happen to agree with him and many don't. We all have the right to say so. No need for folks to get all crazed and hysterical over it.

    August 2, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  5. f1refly

    and your comment isn't hateful at all....

    August 2, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  6. GH

    This is termed tyranny by the masses. Just because a lot of people show up doesn't make it right. In 1950, if you had asked people to show up at a certain restaraunt to show their support for segregation, they would have been there in droves too. Remember Hitler had a huge loyal following too.

    August 2, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Steve

    What an intelligent, thoughtful response, Andrew.

    August 2, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Bill

    Uh...hate to point out the obvious, but your response is an oxymoron. It's clear you were responsible for the 'moron' part.

    August 2, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  9. person

    The same thing would have happened in 1960 if a restaurant chain defended the idea that black people are inferior to whites and should live somewhere else. A mob of bigots doesn't prove what it thinks it's proving.

    August 2, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Except that they are bigots.

      August 2, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael M

      I speak as one who does not support gay marriage, but your idea is false. To assume because I disagree with REdefining marriage is the same thing as saying that a gay person is beneath me or less of a person is a false assumption on your part. I believe that gay people are human beings, just like me, and have a right to express their opinions and feelings. However, the right to express feelings and opinions is not the same thing as REdefining marriage. I have a right to express my opinion and feelings over why I feel the speed limit on my road should be 45, instead of 40, but that doesn't mean that the law will or should change.

      I have friends that are in gay relationships and they know that I disagree with it and believe it is sin, but it does not harm my relationship with them. You know why? Because we do not belittle the person. We love the person, not the sin. I heard a report yesterday that one of our local Chik-fil-a's where actually giving free water bottles to the protestors against them. That is not bigotry or belittling as you suppose.

      August 2, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jeb

    Chick-Fil-A's food is disgusting.

    If a bunch of backward, bigoted, right wing lunatics want to eat truck loads of that nasty stuff, who cares?

    August 2, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  11. DICK

    Let's not forget, we're talking about the South. These are the same people who get together and do Civil War reenactments. Yes, let's all celebrate a war that we lost. That's like throwing a party and only inviting the girls who have ever snubbed you. This pretty much sums up why America is dumbest country in the world and is headed down in flames. A bunch of people show their support for a myth ( God ) and a cult ( Christianity ) by eating greasy chicken at a fast food 'restaurant' to prove how bigoted and hate filled they are because they refuse to let a certain group of people be happy.
    *he shakes his head*

    August 2, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • humtake

      You mean the same South that bought all of its slaves from the North? The South that, proven fact, never owned one slave ship? The South that believed in States' rights so if another state wanted to allow gay marriage, they were free to do that and the Federal government could do nothing about it. That South? Basically, the same region you are poking fun at is the same one that wanted states' rights and if they would have won, each state could pass their own laws and those laws would have to be recognized by the Federal government. So you are blaming the same people who fought for what you are complaining about.

      Oh, don't get me wrong, the southerners not involved in politics were bigoted people who just wanted free labor, I'm not defending them at all. But you need to learn a few facts about what you are really arguing about.

      August 2, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • pugh7755

      Well, here is a little knowledge for you, dick. The Bible says marriage is between man and woman, not woman and woman or man and man. If that was the way it was supposed to be then male on male and woman on woman relationships would produce a child. However, only when man and women join does it produce a living being. So, I guess the "ficticeous bible" as you call it seems to have more since than the "real" you. Doesn't take much knowledge to see that man and woman are made to be together, not woman and woman or man and man. Now, go try to explain this to your boyfriend.

      August 2, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marty

      You say God is a myth, can you prove he doesn't exist? the big bang seem the most accepted alternative...can you prove that it really happened (most theory cannot even be tested): they say they may have found the god particle through a particle accelerator yet they cant test it to prove the assumption. You say we are bigots and probably think we are regressive and hateful...yet, aren't you being hateful by making those allegations and remarks? overall I see no difference between you and the very people you mock. who are you to bash another for their opinion?? i haven't heard Mr. Cathy say anything derogatory.. so please be a little more respectful and tolerant to our beliefs just as we are towards yours. we may not agree on the same subject but that doesn't mean we cant debate in a friendly manor, Right?
      Food for thought:what is your stance on genetic attraction? i personally don't agree with it at all but many say it should be legal as long as one partner is sterile (to prevent offspring mutation).

      August 2, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Striker

    Chick Filet is over rated like Apple products are. I prefer Wendys chicken sandwitches over anyone else.

    August 2, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mike

    Got a little hate there in you Andrew?

    August 2, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Merv

    Oppressive, obnoxious gay minority better tone it down if they want to live to see the end of the decade.

    The silent majority has had enough of their $%^&.

    August 2, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Peter

      Merv wrote: "Oppressive, obnoxious gay minority better tone it down if they want to live to see the end of the decade."

      Just what do you mean by "if they want to live to see the end of the decade"??????


      August 2, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Ben

    You hope they choke on "hate chicken"? Hypocrisy anyone?

    August 2, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
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