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. RS

    Does your hatred keep you warm at night?

    August 2, 2012 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mar

      na but the LOVE of free speech does....

      August 3, 2012 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
  2. EmcK

    We won't release our sales figures, but it was a record day . . . we had more sales than ever in history on a Wednesday in August when the year was 2012. . . . it was truly an epic sales day.

    August 2, 2012 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • ste kovac

      LOL. Why won't you release those figures?

      August 2, 2012 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
  3. MG

    Good chicken brings in customers it appears...

    August 2, 2012 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Oneironaut

    You'd never see that many Christians lined up to volunteer at a food bank or a homeless shelter, and that's something Jesus commands them to do.

    August 2, 2012 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • doug

      That's cool you just took a crap on more than 20 million Americans a lot more probably who actually do worthwile charity that does real help for people. Christians are among the most charitable people in the world, so many of you libs are blinded by your hate, the other side disagrees with you but they don't hate you like you hate them. They pray for you, you call them names and hate, that's what it is. They do work helping others Christian and Non, as you stated feeding people, i imagine with one hand, as our President states and Democrats agree, while clinging to their guns and religion.

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

      "You'd never see that many Christians lined up to volunteer at a food bank or a homeless shelter"

      Whatever made you write that post? You can't be serious....I'm still shaking my head.

      August 2, 2012 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom NJ

      AMEN

      August 2, 2012 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Obama2012

      What you say Obama dont volunteer!?!

      August 2, 2012 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • jeff richards

      That would be because most of the Christians are actually volunteering their time inside the place.. We're already in there doing the work. Who was it in Joplin, MI after the tornadoes? Who was in NC after the tornado out break.. while all the government officials were knocking on what was left of doors, it was mainly church groups helping to clean up, provide water and helping to rebuild. You have no idea what Christians do on a daily basis to help the community.. and you wouldn't know because you never stepped foot into a church. All you know is what the media and the other hate groups have supplied you with.. You listen to the activists tell you Christians are intolerant bigots, when in fact most of us don't care if your gay and are not opposed to civil unions. It's even getting dumber trying to equate this to the racism of the 1960's.. unbelievable.. so far from the truth it's not even funny. Christians have always believed in the traditional sense of the word marriage.. and only now, have the sheep decided it's intolerant and bigoted.. when in fact, Christians have been more tolerant than anyone else. Nice to see society ignorance and stupidity flourishing so well.

      August 2, 2012 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bible Clown©

      "You'd never see that many Christians lined up to volunteer at a food bank or a homeless shelter, and that's something Jesus commands them to do."
      I drove by the food bank yesterday, and there was one car in the parking lot. Christians TALK pretty, but it's hateful stuff like this Chick-Fil-A that brings them out in hordes.

      August 3, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  5. sam

    Ok im not for or against it... what i will say is..

    Good job making Chick fil A even richer.. the president must be laughing at all you wussies.

    August 2, 2012 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hamsta

      The president Chick fiill a is laughing at the wussie president of America.

      August 2, 2012 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Brett

    Love the Christian, hate the Religion.

    August 2, 2012 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. 1234

    I think it's equally important that Christians show up on Friday to make purchases and show support since that is the day gays are mocking chick fil a .

    August 2, 2012 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • um...duh

      I'll see you there...with my boyfriend; and feel free to start something :0 ex special forces. Enjoy that lard filled sandwich i worked hard to make sure you had the freedom to eat.

      August 2, 2012 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
  8. 1234

    Its equally important to show support on Friday to help counter the mocking gays are planning.

    August 2, 2012 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
  9. John Tucker

    so about.2 of the US population participated in this "statement"

    August 2, 2012 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bible Clown©

      If 2% of America sent you a dollar you'd be rich. It's a lot of people. Estimated around ten percent are gay.

      August 3, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  10. um...duh

    So hilarious how this business used a controversial issue to manipulate people to buy their products. record sales.....yeah more like record fails....

    August 2, 2012 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
  11. larry csehil

    Protesting on private property.....good luck with that.

    August 2, 2012 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Chas

    I like Starbucks and I like Chick-fil-A...and I am glad I am free to tell you that...

    August 2, 2012 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bible Clown©

      "I like Starbucks and I like Chick-fil-A...and I am glad I am free to tell you that..."

      Sorry, can't hear you over the AWESOME sound of my freedom to not eat at Chick-Fil-A.

      August 3, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  13. crazy

    Funny how all all republicans never want to release financial info...

    August 2, 2012 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Metron

      Why don't you ask Nancy Pelosi if she will release her tax returns. See how far that gets you.

      August 2, 2012 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • suzangrace

      like that. is romney paying taxes on all his carribean and swiss bank holdings. don't think so. he'll never release his income. he is a rich bully who ships american jobs over seas. this is a very important issue. why do people continue to support him. imo.

      August 3, 2012 at 2:23 am | Report abuse |
  14. Matthew

    Whoever it was who called for a boycott of Chick-fil-A should be congratulated for making history. This has to be the most unsuccessful boycott in recent memory, if not ever.

    August 2, 2012 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • itsJustWRONG

      Its a GREAT marketing strategy. 🙂

      August 2, 2012 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hugh Jass

      "This has to be the most unsuccessful boycott in recent memory, if not ever." Wait a year.

      August 3, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  15. descarado

    jihad

    August 2, 2012 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
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