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. CFA Funds Hate Groups

    "Organized by former Arkansas governor and GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, the event drew support from a diverse range of gay marriage foes, from neo-Nazis to black conservatives."

    That must be fun...

    August 2, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Like a BOSS

    Hate is profitable!

    August 2, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • thunderkick

      and delicious!

      August 2, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mark

    Imagine if all of those good Christian folks who made it a point to support Chick-fil-A yesterday would volunteer to help out at a homeless shelter or food bank to show their family values. Let's see where there real values lay.

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

      Many of the people I know that went to support Chick-Fil-A do indeed work at homeless shelters. Our church is very much in tune to what is happening around our city and we fully support helping out those in need. Thank you!

      August 2, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      so, who says the people standing up for the CFO's right to speak his opinion, don't volunteer at homeless shelters. Stop generalizing. This is America – people have the right to free speech whether everyone agrees with it or not. That's FREEDOM.

      August 2, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thominto

      Excellent point Mark!

      August 2, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  4. samcro

    Chickmagnet would be a better name.

    August 2, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Puleeze

    What's the matter? Rug burns a little tender???

    August 2, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  6. DaveYoung

    The only chicken that weirdos eat is attached to another weirdo. No gain in that. Gene pool dropouts.

    August 2, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. WS

    To those of you who are so concerned about the chickens... I was in Walmart the other day, and they actually sell lots more than chicken! They have cow meat, pig meat, turkey meat, fish meat and a whole lot more! And Chick-fil-A is in trouble for selling only one kind of animal, while Walmart gets away selling more than 6 kinds of animals!!! What is wrong with that picture? Boycott Walmart until they cannot sell any animal meat, and if you can get that accomplished, then boycott all the fastfood restaurants that also sell animal parts! Burger King, McDonalds, Hardees, Wendy's, they all are doing it!

    August 2, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  8. JayVMN

    where is the tolerance? Chick-fil-a didn't say he would not serve gay people.
    He didn't have a sign out front that said "can't eat here if you're gay".
    He just gave HIS opinion. How he lives HIS life. He didn't say you have to live yours his way (albeit his was really successful...)
    So, do you suppose gay people own restaurants to? Have you ever seen national boycotts of them?
    How about mayors of cities saying the majority is not gay so if you're not gay don't eat at their restaurants...they would get politically crucified by the vocal minority wouldn't they?
    You can have a mosque next to ground zero but you can't have a chik-fil-a in Chicago or Washington DC...go figure.
    This is still the greatest country in the world, no matter how much you hate that idea apparently, and this countries greatness was brought about by companies like chik-fil-a.
    whether you like it or not, when you occupiers decide to get a job you are going to ask the 1%'s to hire you. Because whether you like it or not, that is who does the hiring.

    August 2, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Network

      SPOT on dude!

      August 2, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • DAAAA

      Perfectly said. Too bad you're not running for president.....you'd have my vote!!

      August 2, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  9. DJ12

    Yep, great idea – boycott a business that creates jobs and helps the economy. Who cares what they believe? Who cares where they donate? Do you think they are the only business in America that has those beliefs? Let's shutdown all the businesses who have those beliefs and see which direction the economy goes. If you don't like freedom of speech and YOU are that intolerant, go away. This is America. Go buy some tissues in which to cry. I'm tired of the politics of a social issue. I can't wait for Chickfila to come to my town (which is in the works). I will be there often.

    August 2, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  10. DaveYoung

    The only chicken that genderbenders eat is attached to another freak. No gain in that. Gene pool dropouts.

    August 2, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  11. the voice of reason

    Wow. Christians sure take their hating seriously, eh?

    August 2, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • thekid

      No but the bible states that it is abomination to be gay. And it is. Of bible and of nature.

      August 2, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • arose4yu

      For someone who is named the voice of reason, you are obviously not a reasonable person.

      August 2, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • What?

      It isn't hate, it is standing up for a belief. Why is it so wrong for those to stand up to what they believe when the "Loud and Proud" people have to have their parades? Where is the Hetro Day Parade, we should be "Loud".

      August 2, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Peter Griffin

    I don't like chicken. And I don't like racism and bigotry. What day are we going to eat hamburgers to support the business owner who thinks black people should have to ride in the back of the bus? It's the same thing as this.

    August 2, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • thunderkick

      white castle doesn't mean what you think it does

      August 2, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jeb

    The single greatest accomplishment of the modern conservative movement has been convincing millions of weak minded individuals that hate, selfishness, and greed are good Christian virtues.

    August 2, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • thekid

      Gays and those who support them are weak minded and your intellect is no match for someone of a person with a superior IQ like myself. Being born gay IMHO is a disease that need to be eradicated possibly through gene therepy and/or chemicals.

      Isn't is strange that MANY gays were raised by their grandmother, or mother with no manly influence? I can count on my hand at least 10 that I know of. And I don't know many. Very strange indeed.

      August 2, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Ryan

    It will be interesting to see if the "Kiss In" protest has as many supporters...

    August 2, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  15. getoverit

    So let me get this straight-Mr.Cathy is the reason the gay/lez's can not marry??!! Wow-he must be a powerful man! Pulleaseee people-get over it! Let's see how Friday turns out! Wed was busy but peaceful. I am sure they will make a spectical Friday!!

    August 2, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kafir

      Well, if he donates $2 million to organizations that fight to block gay marriage, he is PART of the reason, yes.

      August 2, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
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