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. Greg

    How is being gay not a choice? If you are a man than you are designed for a woman and if you are a woman than you are designed for a man. It is choice for a man to go against the way he was made and the same for a woman.

    August 2, 2012 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Name*Robin

    That's what Chick-Fil-A reports. Has anyone not within the company verified that sales record? NO. Chick-Fil-A openly refuses to release sales numbers. SERIOUSLY? This is known as "creating your own media event". And let's not overlook, numbers can be made to lie in case the sales numbers surface any day.

    August 2, 2012 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bev

      You obviously did not get out yesterday- the lines were out the door everywhere. Streets were blocked with people trying to get in the stores. The BEST thing about it was the great atmosphere – everyone was happy to wait and vote for FREE SPEECH!

      August 2, 2012 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Kingofthenet

    While saying something Stupid is as American as Apple Pie, what you Christians are REALLY saying is your God has given you permission to denigrate others, so therefore there shouldn't be personal or professional repercussions for being mere messengers.That's not how reality on Earth works.

    August 2, 2012 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • janelle

      I am a Christian, I am a strong supporter of gay marriage, and an even stronger supporter of gov't not being able to shut a business down because of religious and or political beliefs. The vast majority of people supporting Chick-fill-A are doing so because tyrannical, dictatorial Liberal public officials are completely ignoring laws and publicly stating the policy of their cities is discrimination, that they will close down and refuse permits based on religious and or political beliefs. This has gone too far. While the gay marriage debate is a good debate and needs to be had, picking Chick-fill-A or any other business was the wrong tactic, and the support for Chick-fill-A proves it!

      August 2, 2012 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bookie

      Lighten up.

      August 2, 2012 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dan

    Just to be clear, primarily in the same region of the country that 150 years ago people fought to keep people as slaves based on skin color, 100 years ago was the center of the fight to prevent women from getting the right to vote, 60 years ago fought against civil rights, and 45 years ago lost the battle to prevent bi-racial marriages...a bunch of people went to chicken fast food restaurant to show their support of the restaurants right to speak about and donate money against giving gay people equal rights AND you want me to believe that means they will win this civil rights battle?

    August 2, 2012 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  5. tcaudilllg

    Some people may believe they are in the right for supporting Chick-fil-A. But the fact of the matter is that they are behaving unjustly, and Jesus will punish them for it.

    August 2, 2012 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
  6. TvNyC

    Gay marriage is unnatural and disgusting to be even mentioned to anyone. Just because the new generation of Americans are dumb enough and fall into the whole trap that its okay to be gay, its not and its not okay to do drugs either but hey chick fill a, God blessed your family and I fully support you.

    August 2, 2012 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brett

      i think Christianity is pretty disgusting. Very unnatural to believe in that crap.

      August 2, 2012 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Larry

    Well the Media and Christians sure paid for a lot of free advertisement. Hope the owner is thanking God for
    this. Now for the Kiss In on Friday....

    August 2, 2012 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  8. bettys

    but can they keep those fools coming back frequently to keep them in business?

    August 2, 2012 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  9. tiffed

    greg

    I'm a Christian and I don't believe anyone has the right to judge, that right belongs to the savior of the world Jesus Christ because he gave his life as a ransom for all of us and suffered all the pains and sins and sorrows of the world so that he could judge righteously. I think the problem here is that so many think Mr. Cathy was judging when all did was express his views on the family, The Baptist Press (obviously a religious newspaper) asked him for his views on the family so he shared his personal views; that he believes marriage is ordained of God between a Man and a Woman. How is that judging, how is that a Hater? From your blog you sound like a Christian hater, should everyone who is Christian protest you or your business for your views? Mr. Cathy has gay employees, he serves gay patrons he simply doesn't agree with their lifestyle I've heard him pronounce no judgements but I have both heard and seen judgments here and by the gay community on him. It seems the accusers are the ones who are guilty of judgment.

    August 2, 2012 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Some day

    Those who lsupport pluralistic marriage and consensual marriage regardless of age will be granted rights. Some call it pedophilia. Others call it love. Why does there need to be standards? Let each person define what is right for themselves.

    August 2, 2012 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  11. organically

    religion is the biggest scam in the history of humanity

    August 2, 2012 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
  12. D

    If you say you are pro gay marriages you are respectful of other people's view, but if you express yourself if you are against gay marriages, you are a horrible person. I am against gay marriages but that does not mean I do not respect a gay couple if I see one. But I would also like my opinion respected!

    August 2, 2012 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jaime

      The government should just recognize civil unions and leave marriage to churches. If atheists want to get married then we can start a church. Problem solved.

      August 2, 2012 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brett

      I'm against Christian marriages. But the difference is, my opinion isn't law, and preventing Christians from getting married.

      August 2, 2012 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  13. john

    Oh who cares. If they don't like gays, don't support their business. Why do a kiss-in? Your giving them publicity. Hurt their bottom line by eating at Subway. It's healthier anyway.

    August 2, 2012 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  14. buddter

    Let us raise a glass and salute freedom of speech. It may not be PC but it is everyone's right.

    August 2, 2012 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Say it ain't so

      amen brother

      August 2, 2012 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • 1234

      Support them Fridays ! Counter the mocking the gays are planning. Give them a tract! Bless them! Buy them a sandwich if you can.

      August 2, 2012 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hugh Jass

      "You forget it at your peril because once those who seek to silence those who speak out succeed, they will eventually come for you, too." Will they start by using their money to lobby against my civil rights? Maybe they will whip up a bunch of suggestible Christians who will send me to a death camp? I'd better strike first and make them poor before they get out of control. First step: eat less chicken.

      August 3, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Wes

    I look at those lines and I see Jim Jones in Guyana ... the drink of choice for the believers ... gawd ...

    August 2, 2012 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • George Emerson, writer

      Wes said:
      "I look at those lines and I see Jim Jones in Guyana ... the drink of choice for the believers ... gawd ..."

      Wes, You stepped in your own hyperbole. Read the story of Jim Jones and you will see a group who followed a man blindly to their deaths but they were not following what the Bible says. Jones was crazy. I would no more follow someone like him than I would follow someone like you. I follow God. No one comes between us. I went to Chick Fil-a yesterday because I wanted to support free speech in this country. That does not make me crazy but that you cannot see how important free speech is telling. Those who seek to squelch free speech are the enemies of us all. The founders of this country knew that but the schools don't teach it anymore. You forget it at your peril because once those who seek to silence those who speak out succeed, they will eventually come for you, too.

      August 2, 2012 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • 1234

      Support chick fil a Friday ! Counter the mocking the gays are planning. Give them a tract! Bless them! Buy them a sandwich if you can.

      August 2, 2012 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • steve

      You mean like obama supporters?Funny how hussein had exactly the same view on gay unions as the chik fil a pres. just a couple of months ago. No protests outside the whitehouse though.

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