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. Luke

    Should group marriage be allowed if all those involved are consenting adults?

    August 2, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • nate

      Why not? God gave us free will. Most people know what others believe to be the consequences. Should the government marry them? NO because that would just mean a mess for taxes. But if someone wants to live that way go ahead.

      August 2, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. KP

    Americans make me laugh...

    August 2, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Lucy

    Last night's experience at Chick-fil-A renewed my faith in people. The crowds were huge but polite and cheery, and from almost every walk of life. The staff went all out to be accommodating and the food was good. Unfortunately they ran out of ice cream so we'll just have to pay them another visit (or more!) for a peach milkshake. We support America's values (free enterprise, freedom of speech and yes, traditional morals). We support Chick-fil-A.

    August 2, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • safa002

      Muy Bien, arriba Chick Fil A, arriba Chick Fill A!

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

    I myself never cared for Chick Fil A.. Will I begin going there or making sure I don't go there now because of this? No... I could care less about this issue. Gay marriage is the last thing I think our country should be worried about or waging a buying/protesting war over. CMON people!! For one, God gave us all free will, so those that are gay already know those of you against it's position and can make their own decisions and interpretations for that matter. Do you really think calling someone a sinner and telling them they are wrong is going to change them?. Secondly, it doesn't affect hardly any of you out there that are fighting so hard for it just because you are a democrat... Who cares if your party supports it. Does that mean you have to go out and fly banners and raise the roof for it? NO!! Worry about what should concern you. If people's rights were truly being neglected here I would get all the arguing, but I don't think that is the case. There are much bigger issues that are getting a lot less coverage right now because of this. A bumper sticker issue is the central theme of this election all of the sudden. That is what is scary to me. Don't get caught up in the little issues. Worry about the issues that affect you. If you agree with Obama on his economic policies fine, if you agree with Romney fine.. vote that way. Don't vote because of gay marriage... Unless that is your number one issue becuase you are gay, then by all means go ahead!!

    August 2, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ObamaJoe

    not good for the country,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,but media doesn't care,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,


    Who cares America,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    United States????????? Forget about',,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    August 2, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • ObamaJoe

      Gay,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,not a big deal,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,kids are playing being cool ,,,,,,that's it,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

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

    620,000 people confirmed on facebook they were attending the Chik fil a event on Wed. I THINK ALL 620,000 WENT TO MY CHIK FIL A

    August 2, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  7. emma96

    Ugh. Sick of this. I say all the heteros get together and have a big hetero love fest in front of the place so we can show how hetero we are and isnt it just fine and dandy? Please people – as ridiculous as MY statement is – think about the kiss-in statement. If you want respect you have to earn it. To me this just cheapens your attempts.

    August 2, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Boo

      Personally I dont want to see ANYONE making out when I'm eating dinner so those that do will just have to get over me not LIKING it. The bible says many things about marriage...AND divorce....AND the woman's place in the marriage and in church but I dont see anyone protesting the fact that the govt allows anyone to divorce just because they dont like each other anymore or that there are women preachers. Alot of laws don't reflect the "biblical" definition of things yet we don't hear anything about those issues that make things "complicated' for the majority despite the "bibilical" perspective. The bible says ALL have sinned and fall short of the glory of God and that no man or woman should sit in judgement of anyone else...that is reserved for God. This is a country of freedom..freedom to like AND dislike anything or anyone as long as that dislike doesnt infringe on the rights of others. Mr Cathy expressed his personal belief on the matter when asked. Tough if there are those that didn't like it...he has the right to believe anything he wants. He supports who he wants to with his OWN money...not the taxpayers so tough if you dont like it. I dont necessarily like alot of the things that companies support but that's not my business because its not my money. Freedom can be a two-edged sword and just because you don't like what someone else believes or says is part of the game....the gay community needs to learn this and realize that they are NEVER going to be able to FORCE ANYONE to like or accept them. That's life...get over it.

      August 2, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  8. ObamaJoe

    Mitt Romney / Michael Bachmann 😀 😀 😀

    August 2, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • ObamaJoe

      Hey 2012 Mitt Romney / Michael Bachmann 😀 😀 😀

      August 2, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  9. dhondi

    All for the girl-girl kisses....the men need to keep it in the closet.

    August 2, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ObamaJoe

    God will be back hand in hand with Allah 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

    August 2, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • ObamaJoe

      Have fun 🙂

      August 2, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Lucy

    Liberals are bullies and we've had just about enough of your b.s. Yup, that's right.

    August 2, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  12. ObamaJoe

    Have a great Day guys 🙂 😀 😀

    August 2, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • zooni

      Have a nice year buddy.

      August 2, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anthony Petrick

      What else is there to say? The owner of a private Co. who runs his business in a way that is consistent with his values does not have the right to express his opinion!?
      Everyone in this country has an obligation to respectfully agree or disagree. Flaunting your lifestyle choice in a restaurant is a poor reflection on the gay community.

      August 2, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • DeeCee10000

      I heard a number of Chick Fil A workers were planning on smearing fecal matter on the sandwiches. Mmmmmm. Yummy. Eat up!

      August 2, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  13. phil

    So in addition to having a good lunch, and helping chick-fil-a make more money, I potentially get to see two girls making out? is this a great country or what 🙂

    August 2, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • DeeCee10000

      Let all the fat grease guzzling old toothless religious fanatics suck on their fried chicken sandwiches all they want. They're a dying breed anyway. They'll only be contributing to their own heart attacks all the sooner. Eat up suckers!

      August 2, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Andres

    Not all people who went to Chick Fil A yesterday support the CEOs views... They support free speech and the ability to have an opinion and speak of it without being persecuted.

    August 2, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • DeeCee10000

      Well if you feel so strongly about supporting "free speech" don't forget to send a nice donation to the KKK and Neo Nazis while you're at it. There's also a number of other hate groups out there you can support in the name of "free speech".

      August 2, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • ARM

      You are right. Every one has a right to their openion, what is this one sided B/S. If you do not suport gay rights you are bashed.

      August 2, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • billybart

      well said, i myself am for gay marriage, but it won't stop me from going to Chick Fil A, i think the public debate is a positive long as I can still get my sandwich and waffle fries.

      August 2, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  15. SlaveWorld

    Hmmmm... MSG and High Fructose Corn Syrup... Enjoy Lunch Troglodytes

    August 2, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mobious

      Go eat some weeds.

      August 2, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
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