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. Drake

    Well put Thomas!
    These hypocrites just want to run down others so they can feel better about their own sad lives.

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

    I don't think its correct to call them fans of Chic-fil-A. I'm sure they are supportting the Bible and freedom of speech.

    August 2, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • lean6

      Sorry, if they participated, they signed away all rights of ownership of how they would be characterized in captions. Maybe Chick-Fil-A was on to something with the subliminal cow messages...they herded the cattle yesterday...Brokeback Mountain style. Lol.

      August 2, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Kafir

    If they are bigoted opinions, then of course they're bigots. dur.

    But, on top of that, he gave $2 million of his earnings to organizations that oppose gay marriage and are fighting to keep it that way. That speaks more than words, wouldn't ya say?

    August 2, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  4. rob

    To those of us who call ourselves Christian, here is our command:

    "Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity" Colossians 3:12-14

    August 2, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Debbie

    I am not mad at Chik-Fil-A for their beliefs.....I am mad at them because of the 500 million they give to Hate Groups every year....I don't eat here and I won't be now!!!

    August 2, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • melvinslizard

      $500 million??? I doubt it

      August 2, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Imminent

      You're fabricated details make you feel better? I guess that's all that matters. They don't ever have $500 million to give to any group, much less hate groups. Also, the restaurant is a better place without you. Still feel better?

      August 2, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • I ate there

      Dan Cathy's group that donates to charity's is worth $60 million, his own net worth is over a billion. If he really wanted to get rid of gay marriage he could fight a much more fierce war.

      August 2, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  6. jay

    What the heck does eating chicken sandwiches have to do with getting married anyway? Americans sure are a bunch of twits.

    August 2, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • ec

      When the seller of those sandwiches donates company profits to orgs that are working to prevent gay marriage, it has a lot to do with gay marriage.

      August 2, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • lean6

      Yesterday was a spectacle of people so worthless that they needed the comfort of like-minded people joining hands to make a buying chicken. Not some kind of disaster relief drive, or collecting money for the hungry or homeless. Just to feel...important.

      August 2, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  7. stagger72

    Riiight... I wish whichever company is your ISP would say they were anti gay marriage, so you'd boycott the internet.

    August 2, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Joe

    I wouldn't doubt that at all. Trolls are pepole too. Keep your chin up!

    August 2, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  9. confused

    I don't think losing 2-3% of the gay crowd that mostly didn't eat there anyway is going to affect their bottom line one bit. This is a media draw because it gets ad clicks and stirs up controversy.

    If I weren't careful, I'd forget all about the crippling unemployment we have as well as the ballooning national debt.

    August 2, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Lisa

    Hitler had his favorite restaurant too.

    August 2, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  11. SDTangler

    I would think that Jesus couldn't care less about gay marriage. He would, however, have a big problem with the unethical treatment of animals that're processed for fast food.

    August 2, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jake

      What!? gotta eat...

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

      What's the point? In the end the animals end up dead one way or another.

      August 2, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  12. JamieNiccole

    When will with people with "values" stop bulling others for THEIR personal choices?!

    August 2, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  13. dfergenson

    Dan Cathy's and President Obama's professional and personal conduct are both above reproach but the organizations that Dan Cathy donates to are decidedly anti-family (at least anti my family) and Obama, while waffling on the issue, never supported such organizations.

    August 2, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Kafir

    It would be funny to observe what faith-based intolerance can do to an otherwise healthy and open mind.... if only it just weren't so sad.

    August 2, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mad as Hell

    I had a meal at Chick-fil-A about four years ago – haven't been back there since. Their food just didn't impress me, despite all of the hype. Their political views have only reinforced my decision.

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