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. Red Man

    I think it is great that these people made it possible for a great place like Chick-fil to do so well... this back fired on the rainbow people big time and I hope more companies take a stand.

    August 2, 2012 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  2. Will

    September 12 is National Burn a Confederate Flag Day! Remember to show your contempt these tea baggers, evangelical southerners, racist bigots, genetically inferior ignorant inbreds, and other Southern and cultural-Southern filth are trying to do to this country by burning the treason flag they wave around while calling themselves real American (unlike them damn Yankees). Lets burn their "southern bullshlt" flags by the thousands.

    August 2, 2012 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
    • voiceofreason

      Name-calling... ever the liberal response.

      August 2, 2012 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
    • EC

      Will, your rage has blinded you. You have misdirected your anger to all things Southern. That alienates many of the people who would otherwise agree with you.

      Perhaps in the future, you could stay on topic and lose the tired stereotypes.

      Peace.

      August 2, 2012 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
    • jean

      What about the religion of islam . they dont like gay people actaully they want to kill gay people !!! I am a christian , I dont hate gay people . That is not christian. I do not want harm to come to them. Mr Cathy has a right to believe what he wants he also doesn't believe that gays should be hurt.

      August 2, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  3. James

    Good for them. Free speech reins. While the gays hae their parades full of sparkle and glitter, at least the conservative Christians come together for a meaningfully cause as well.if ur gay or even straight and u oppose this, you have a problem

    August 2, 2012 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  4. jbecker

    The gay and lesbian community certainly has a right to voice their issues, as does Mr. Cathy, but clearly this one was not well thought out. Now please go back to watching Bravo while I enjoy my healthy and delicious grilled chicken sandwich.

    August 2, 2012 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  5. Steve

    Gay marriage is inevitable, get over it. As far as this being a 1st amendment support day-- no one is infringing on Cathy's rights, people just think he is an idiot and they have the same right to boycott or speak against him.

    Also, I hope Cathy donates 99% of his profits to charity because remember to quote the bible that you so staunchly tout as infallible "It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God." Mark 10:25

    August 2, 2012 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Runamuck

      I have always wondered why that Bible verse didn't state the worse case scenario for getting into heaven. While the rich man reference is probably an accurate assessment, clearly overweening pride is much greater impediment to heaven or if you don't believe in God, to being a good person while on this earth...and that crosses rich, poor, conservative, liberal. There is plenty of arrogant pride on all sides of this debate.

      August 2, 2012 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  6. Mable

    One day of sales isn't going to make up for the customers Chick-fil-a has lost permanently.

    August 2, 2012 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
    • DugB

      Amen, Mable! And who of us REALLY knows the sales stats? Why would the Cathy's make any other statement than the one they did, which is in the best interest of their company. I think it speaks more to the mindset of those who live in areas containing Chik-Fil-As...I've never seen one in a major northeastern city, or on the west coast (the most populated areas of the US). The only one in my area of WashDC is well in the heart of "God's Country" Fairfax County.

      August 2, 2012 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
    • jbecker

      That’s funny. Don't underestimate the power of the chicken. Beside, for a restaurant that is closed on SUNDAY, do you really think he cares for a second that a small fraction of people have decided to never eat there again? Money has nver been and never will be a driving force behind what the Cathys do. Unlike many, they do not worship the dollar.

      August 2, 2012 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Henry

      I think you are wrong Mable.

      August 2, 2012 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  7. Jasmine

    Chick Fila day was BEAUTIFUL. A perfect example of Genesis 50:20... Gay Rights Protesters meant evil against Dan Kathy, but God used their evil for good – record breaking sales. That's what happens when A Christian stands, unwavering, for God's Word. Who wouldn't want to serve a God like that!? There are a few, no, many Pastors who should take a lesson from Dan.

    August 2, 2012 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
    • DugB

      I think they're having a 2-for-1 special on Kool-Aid over at the Jonestown Market today, HURRY!

      August 2, 2012 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  8. Clare

    It is not "hate" to disagree. Liberals are not the only ones with free speech.

    August 2, 2012 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
    • marabou22

      It's hateful to fight aginst gay marriage. of course it is. would you honestly be saying that if the issue were black peoples right to vote??? this goes beyond opinion. being against gay marriage is a civil rights issue. it gets into visitation rights in hospitals, rights to benefits when a spouse dies. what happens if I fall in love with a guy from Denmark and he can't become a US citizen even though we're in love. what about the first female in space who died recently. american legend. her partner of many years will not get federal benefits like the other astronaut spouses. that's BS. if your'e opposed to that it's hateful. if your issue is religious, that's fine I guess but seperate your church from my state. you can live your life how you want, i want the right to live how I want. not hurting anyone.

      August 2, 2012 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  9. Mary

    WAKE UP!! If the response of the Chicago Mayor is not a wake up call to the American people, I don't know what is. FREE SPEECH is what our men and women are fighting for and we have idiots at home in politics trying to squash it!

    August 2, 2012 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  10. Dawn

    What happened to Freedom of Speech? Regardless of my spiritual beliefs, I support the right to state my opinion and others should have the same right. This country was founded on this. Why is it ok to blast someone for it now? Chick-fil-A is a privately held company built (and has, by far, the best customer service out of all the fast food chains) from the ground up. Let the man stand up for what he believes (it's not a new concept), just like those who oppose it can.

    August 2, 2012 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
    • julnor

      Didn't Obama build Chik-fil-A?

      August 2, 2012 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
    • marabou22

      People have the right to free speech and people also have the right to protest and boycott. america is wonderful that way. you can say whatever you want but when you do that you face possible backlash. that's reality.

      August 2, 2012 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  11. Yeah Right

    This just in... McDonald's announced they are against inter-racial marriage and Burger King is against abortion.

    August 2, 2012 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
    • voiceofreason

      Great! When are they having their individual appreciation days?

      August 2, 2012 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  12. DugB

    I love how Chik-fil-A was just "expressive their right to free speech", but the folks who opted to boycott were "liberal bullies". Seems hypocritical, but totally expected given the "reality distortion field" that reactionaries apply to everything, turning everyday events into "liberal conspiracies sensationalized by the lefty media". Wake up, conservatives, not everything is done just to annoy you...it's called progress, and if it weren't for it you'd all still be riding around on horses. It's time to give up your dream of cracking the whip on a plantation and realize that all citizens deserve to be treated equally...or risk alienating yourselves from the rest of modern society even more than you have already.

    August 2, 2012 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Well said!

      August 2, 2012 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
    • julnor

      When you have govt officials saying they want to keep a legitimate business out of their city because the CEO expresses an opinion held by about 50% of the American people (although I personally don't share it), it would seem that it is the govt that is being oppressive.

      August 2, 2012 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeffrgunn23

      Any true conservative will absolutely defend someone's right to boycott a restaurant. If it were not for certain mayors saying they would block the chain from being built in their cities this would not be a big deal with conservatives. I find it so funny that the mayor of Chicago is so supportive of gay rights, yet he is working with Louis Farrakhan. Farrakhan's view on the gay population is waaaay more extreme

      August 2, 2012 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  13. AA

    Eat up Fattyssss! =P

    August 2, 2012 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  14. stjdsj

    Jesus says, “In the same way as happened in the days of Lot: they were eating, they were drinking, they were buying, they were selling, they were planting, they were building; but on the day that Lot went out from Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. It will be just the same on the day that the Son of Man is revealed.” (Luke 17: 28-30, written testimony of Luke, A.D. 63)

    August 2, 2012 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
    • DG

      You DO realize that the sin of Sodom and Gomorrah was inhospitality, right??

      August 2, 2012 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
    • ErickMN

      Blah blah blah...fire and brimstone...blah blah blah...eternal damnation....blah blah blah...a poison apple and a talking snake....blah blah blah...Lot impregnating his daughters...blah blah blah...

      August 2, 2012 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  15. Billy Gunn

    Way to go Chic-fil-A. I applaud you for your values and your stance. I'll see you for lunch next week.

    August 2, 2012 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
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