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. trayvon47


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

    Forcing oneself to eat tons of nasty Chick-Fil-A is it's own punishment.

    August 2, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Thomas

    Who cares what this poor excuse for a man and his company values are! I love how Christians think its there god given right to judge others based on a damn book that is so outdated and has been translated so many times it isn't worth the paper it's written on. If all you can do is base your argument over something the bible says and have no other facts whatsoever then please shut up your wasting your breath because no one cares. And you all will be the only idiots at the end of this, just like your grandparents were when they were fighting to keep blacks from being equal. History will repeat itself and Christians will once again look stupid. Btw I would be more concerned with what your priest is doing to your little boys then what the gays are doing. Either way gays may be going to hell (according to y'all) but so are you so see you there!!!!

    August 2, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Cristero

    Religious freedom can quickly evaporate. In other countries people are being put in jail for openly expressing their Christian beliefs. We must defend religious freedom..... Viva Cristo Rey!!!!

    August 2, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  5. aj

    I got turned down from work at Chick Fil-A years ago because I'm an atheist.

    August 2, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • me

      Good! It's nice to know they follow through with their beliefs.

      August 2, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Drake

    Great, all you hate-mongers stay at your cheap eatery and pray for eternal salvation.
    Meanwhile us people who have real lives will laugh and enjoy life at far classier establishments.

    August 2, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  7. rob

    "But woe to you who are rich, for you have already received your comfort. Woe to you who are well fed now, for you will go hundry. Woe to you who laugh now, for you will mourn and weep. Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for that is how their fathers treated the false prophets." Luke 6:24-26

    August 2, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      So what's your point here ROB... Jesus wants you to be rich, that statement is for the people who get wealth by crooked means and does not believe in Jesus Christ... you have to read the whole Bible... Guess there is no point in telling you that...

      August 2, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Independent Film Producer

    You're quite wrong if you think it was Christians who fought to keep slaves. The Civil War did split the church, but if you read your history, you'd see that it was Christ to who first introduced the idea that all people are loved by God. And it was Christians who led congress to free the slaves in America. Read up on Thomas Clarkson, Pope Gregory XVI, and especially the Quaker movement in the 1600's.

    August 2, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kafir

      Actually it was Christians who fought for both. They just twisted the bible to advance their own personal agenda.

      August 2, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      Right! And don't forget one of the ten commandments, "thou shalt not enslave any other person." Oh, wait nvm!

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

      Christ was not the first to introduce that idea. Christ wasn't even the first "Christ". He was an idea passed on through many ancient societies. Just FYI. Don't believe me? Google Horus some time.

      August 2, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Johnny America

      You are horribly wrong. You need to take a history course at a community college or something. The 2nd Great Awakening was a Christian even which lead to the abolition movement. John Brown was a Christian who tried to free slaves. Horace Greeley was the leading abolitionist who corresponded with Abraham Lincoln. There were those who tried to use the bible to keep slavery, but it was Christian morality which ultimately won.

      August 2, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  9. karlj324

    The overeaction by governors and mayors was an overreach. Conversely Chick Fila's pronouncement doesn't make them the defacto defenders of family values(What ever that means). No one has a monopoly on god or family values and to think otherwise is hubris.

    August 2, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chad

      God has a monopoly on all things, including what the family should be.

      August 2, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mad as Hell

    And it was Mali, not Syria.

    August 2, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Zach

    Exactly John.

    Tolerate people who don't like gay marriage. They have the right to not like it and not want to be a part of it.

    Tolerate gay people getting married. Its not about you, stop trying to make it about what you want unless you actually are gay.

    People should leave each other alone and respect each others' rights. Each side wants to step on the other side and tell them to behave the way they want them to. How about both sides go to their respective corners and leave each other in peace.

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

    Conservatives really take their hate seriously.

    August 2, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • SanAnton

      It was the anti-free speech hate mongering left that started this one. If the left were more tolerant and didn't try to use the government to suppress free speech and free thought it never would have happened.

      August 2, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      Libs need to learn not to ask questions without knowing the answer. You hang around enough libs and you think people think like you do, that gay is ok, gay marriage is what everyone wants. Guess what? Wrong.

      August 2, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • JayVMN

      and yet you never see them banding together to boycott a restaurant owned by gay people do you?

      August 2, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • jmikejohnson

      Deuteronomy 22: 13-21

      That's all you need to know about this stupid book and what god finds to be acceptable in marriage.

      August 2, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • I ate there

      So does the left, look at all the mayors who were so quick to condemn CFA, look at how fast intolerant gays started name calling.

      August 2, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  13. FunStuff

    LOL. Welcome to America. Land of the free, and home of the obese gay-intolerant brave!
    If Chik Fil A was owned by the KKK, I doubt these same supporters would show up for appreciation day and claim it was all for "free speech". Why not claim what it's really for? So gay people aren't allowed to be happy and married like they are.

    August 2, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Big Daddy

    I am embarassed that we live in a country where the religous fanatics try to exploit there ideas and beliefs on the general public. Who cares if a man and a man, or a woman and a woman want to get married. Does it really affect you?? You people are insane. All you want to do is throw the bible at us, play with your shotguns, and have babies. When are you ever going to realize that people aren't just like you. And that's ok. Everyone is different. Live and Let live. Isn't that what Jesus would say?? Get an education people.

    August 2, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      Jesus said repent for the Kingdom of God is at hand.

      August 2, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • SecondOpinion

      Jesus did not say live and let live. He did say don't cast the first stone, but he also said not to live against God's commands and character. So let's recap: It's OK to identify what people do is wrong, but it's not ok to comdemn them to hell. God identified behaviors that hurt us, He said to stay away from them, and He called His people to idenitfy those things as sin–but He will take care of their final judgement.

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

    Pretty sure gays were a minority last time I checked..meaning that majority of people who currently eat there will continue to do so. Not that I give a crap either way...just pointing out your flawed logic.

    August 2, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
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