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 itsΒ 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 aΒ 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, manyΒ 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. Peter

    I don't care WHAT the owners of Chick-Fil-A believe. They can believe whatever they want.

    The BIG question is does their personal beliefs impact their employee hiring practices and/or their restriction of insurance coverage for employees in a gay marriage in states where it is legal?

    Since Chick-Fil-A operates mostly in red states (fancy that!), the second point might be mute.

    August 2, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  2. thehitman1398

    When you'r FOR gay rights, people say you have free rights to believe what you want.........

    But when you'r AGAINST gay rights, then you do not have any right to believe that.............

    If you can be in favor of gay rights with no problems in the media, then you should have the right to be against gay rights

    August 2, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jerry

    Jerry – I was waiting for you to bring the Lord into it....and sure enough. This is why we have separation of church and state so that morons like you cannot dictate the laws for the rest of us. Thanks.

    August 2, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    jerry there is pretty good chance that the person who cooked your sandwich and put mayo in it maybe gay and hopefully married

    August 2, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    Brandon? Ha! That's the one I work at, and I am gay AND I spit in your food!

    August 2, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
    what a beautiful post:) hopefully, something will be considered like having Wednesdays become "appreciate the lord day"

    August 2, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
    Hey "quiries" got your attention, HUH! You are now playing my game! Let me see if I have this right: It's OK for you "quiries" to spout your moronic and misguided stupidity, but not for other people to do the same?! Oh well... GOT NEWS FOR YA!

    NOTE to Harrry (Reed) Val-encia: Harry Val-encia, absolutely no problem. If it makes happy to continue "Bending Forward", more power to you! Don't forget you may want to take some precautions, though... (Like extra "gobs" of Vaseline, maybe.)

    August 2, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ncgh

    Traditional marriage in the Bible includes multiple wives, concubines, purchased brides and women (virgins) captured in warfare. Does Mr Cathy support traditional marriage?

    August 2, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  5. TonyD

    Setting a record for the most bigots to fill a garbage bin disguised as a restaurant is not that big of an achievement.

    August 2, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Zman1978

    To all
    Like I've said before about this. I may not agree what he says i, but he has the right to voice his opinion and thats that. Just don't support him, and most of all lets start getting a way from fast food places in general, they're all sh** food

    August 2, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Darth Cheney

    I like Chick-Fil-A. I support gay marriage. OMG, I don't fit into either pre-ordained pigeonhole in the Hate-olympics! My head is going to explode – I don't conform to my force-fed narrative!!!

    August 2, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Steve

    I could care less about this debate, but Chik-fil-A does make a tasty chicken sandwich.

    August 2, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  9. danny

    i had a wonderful meal yesterday at chik fil a after waiting two hours in a line it was all worth it im im not a against the lgbt but do believe strongly in traditional marriage just like truet cathy and dan cathy are. they stated there opinion which was simply biblical and non discriminating in any way its not like there not serving gays or not hiring them because they are (thanks for the jobs by the way) we all have opinions and we can state them freely as can everyone else in the usa but boy cotting against a chiken sandwich is no way too act against the free speech ammendment

    August 2, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  10. NODEM

    Thanks for someone stand up on the real family values.

    It is a good way to advertise business and boost the selling so the economic! Go Chick-Fil-A

    August 2, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • diarrhea

      Hahaha.. family values? go to sweden or another euro country where you can see family values. bigotry is your value.

      August 2, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Lenny Pincus

    God bless America, and especially those Americans addicted to salty chicken served by a company who believes in traditional marriage, a concept void of form.

    August 2, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  12. diarrhea

    I ate there twice and twice i had diarrhea. born-again christian diarrhea.

    August 2, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • davey

      God bless and have a great day.

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

      Good for you! I have a feeling you REALLY, REALLY enjoyed "Bending Forward".

      August 2, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mike

    Ever notice how no one wants to be put in a box these if what they say doesn't define them (Victoria for example)....and yet when it comes to CF, the most innocuous kind of "this is what I belive statement" put a box around not only the CEO, but the whole business and all of it's employees and suppliers whom I'm sure some of which believe otherwise.. Victoria, how about you tell us where you work and we can boycott your employer.

    August 2, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  14. krehator

    Then again it could be that they think private companies have the right to determine their own rules.

    Gays are fast becoming the hugest bigots of all. Anyone that does not agree 100% the, or defend them, or treat them special is attacked. Gays seem to hate straights.

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

    Thank you for including the actual quote by Mr Cathey and putting it in the proper context of the Baptist press. Many "news" organizations are simply reporting things like "against gays" and "anti gay statements" etc. it's nice to see someone engaging in actual journalism.

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

      Of course, it's only "actual journalism" because they happen to agree with you...

      August 2, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
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