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.

soundoff (1,687 Responses)
  1. Johny Utah

    More power to Chick Fil A and they did it. Now for yo'll Gays and Lesbians let me see if CNN will show it live when yo'll, man-man and girl-girl kissing each other on the Kiss a day....oh I certainly would love to see if AC (anderson cooper) would kiss his partner me the money, will yeah.

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

    Didn't the bible also say that these big, fat, morbidly obese, bigoted, inbred, ignorant, Southern hill billies also have to abstain from eating shellfish? Plus, how much are you willing to bet that most of them had se x before getting married or were born out of wedlock.

    Southern bible belt red neck inbred tra sh are the most hypocritical people in the world.

    August 2, 2012 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Timmy

      I agree- they are only outdone by the intolerant left.

      August 2, 2012 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
    • MensaMan

      Nothing hypocritical or narrow about your comment, of course . . .

      August 2, 2012 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. wilsel

    Think he feels bad at all that his comment stressed his the PR person to death (literally)?

    August 2, 2012 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  4. LOL

    I love their waffle fries. Mmm mmm good!

    August 2, 2012 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  5. KC

    This is America. Why does the gay rights establishment want to silence everyone who disagrees with their stance? What are they afraid of?

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

      You just said it. Gay rights. They are protecting their rights. No different than the black race stance during the Civil Rights movement or women during Women's Suffrage. They just want their rights. But I a, sure people disagreed with those movements as well. How hard must it be to feel like you are defending your right to be equal in a society based on equality and freedom. You would yell pretty loud too if your rights were taken away.

      August 2, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • KC

      It is EVERYONES RIGHT to vioce an get over yourself and move on with your life.

      August 2, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Americandoc

    I'll say it again. Tolerance is not acceptance. The vast majority of this country will tolerate the gay agenda as long as it doesn't affect them or their children negatively. That in no way means they accept this behavior as normal or morally correct. The media likes to make the world believe otherwise. But if you draw a line in the sand (ie. Chik fil a), you see where this nation stands. Just like every time any state has ever voted on a protect marriage law or ammendment. And we are not the gullible uneducated that you wish we were. The Chik fil a on Mayo blvd in Scottsdale, AZ, down the street from Mayo clinic, ran out of chicken and had to close 3hrs early.

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

      Re: tolerance vs. acceptance: I don't like biggots but I accept that I will encounter them in society and tolerate their existence.

      August 2, 2012 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
    • DG

      Yeah, but gays would take tolerance...which the prigs won't accept. Whattaya think, that gay people are going o recruit kids? Are ya goofy? You're either gay or you aren't!! Unless they're doing the nasty on your lawn, you ahouldn't complain about gay people wanting to have the same rights as heteros...and I wouldn't want anyone doing the nasy on my lawn, gay or straight...

      August 2, 2012 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
    • DugB

      Oh, and just so you know, gay marriages are recognized and performed in 6 states and the District of perhaps you are as uneducated (at least on this issue) as we think you are.

      August 2, 2012 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  7. tony

    This is going to end up the same way as the "Going out of business sale". .Soon ALL businesses will have "Christian Belief appreciation days". Gun Dealerships next I expect.

    August 2, 2012 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  8. Emily

    I think the silent majority has spoken. And we will speak in the November elections. We are sick of liberals destroying our country. We are sick of Obama. We are sick of elitist liberal democrats telling us how to think and trying to control our lives. Today's democrats are the nazis of modern times.

    August 2, 2012 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Cane1996

      Emily, way to rehash all of the talking points from FAUX News.

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

    Why are we scared to voice our opinions? Most people are afraid that they will offend the gay community. They make up less than 2% of the US population. Christians make up 75% + of the population. I am sick of this drag queen drama. I think I will go back to Chic Fil A for lunch today.

    August 2, 2012 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Emily

      i just picked up a number 1 with large tea. God Bless Chick-fil-a. GOD BLESS AMERICA.

      August 2, 2012 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  10. marinebrat

    so glad some manuy people came out to support a man in his right to freedom of speech and christain values GOD BLESS!

    August 2, 2012 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  11. Me

    Wish they had one around here, I would go there for lunch frequently..

    August 2, 2012 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  12. TSRVT

    Lots of right-wing trash posting here. I hope you all get congestive hear failure from that CFA crap you ate yesterday

    August 2, 2012 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
    • JR

      How about you come over and let me see the top of your head.

      August 2, 2012 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Nate

      Lol I've never heard of that one. "Hear failure." I suppose we can buy hearing aids to fix that lol.

      August 2, 2012 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Osborne

      It's heart not hear.

      August 2, 2012 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Adam

      That comment will help change a lot of people's minds. Way to go.

      August 2, 2012 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Henry

      Prime example of where the hate is actually coming from.

      August 2, 2012 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • cleat

      i could post on what i hope you get in your alternate lifestyle....

      August 2, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • MensaMan

      Such a profound statement of open-mindedness and love, eh?

      August 2, 2012 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jubril

    Yesterday people did the voting with their money, in November it will be with their votes

    August 2, 2012 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Lainie11

      We have to be willing to put our money where our mouths are and start supporting exclusively those businesses that support our beliefs. If Barney Frank can sit in Congress and express his private belief at our expense, we can do the same in this country of free expression. Congratulations Chick-fil-A.

      August 2, 2012 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  14. Victor

    Using your bible to bully other is revolting. They had 1 day. Unless they have Chick-fil-a appreciation day EVERYDAY it simply won't last.

    August 2, 2012 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Darrell

      The problem with your post is this...they didn't "their" bible to bully anyone. They expressed their beliefs in regards to marriage. The did not take that belief and shove it down your throat. They didn't put the message in every piece of chicken. They didn't discriminate on who they serve or employ. Just because they don't believe as another that means bullied? How? Words in response to a question is bullying now?

      August 2, 2012 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
    • sense4sure

      It was only one day that people came out, these same people feel this way everyday they just don't bully other everyday the the Gay community. I am not against Gays just don't tell me about it, Any by the way I believe that most were out on the first admendment principle not the gays, I believe the gays must think way too much of themselves that feel that way

      August 2, 2012 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  15. FlyontheWall

    LOL!!!!!! ok, one day does not win a all the bigots came out yesterday.....I give Chickfila 6 months before they will be closing stores......Chickfila signed there death warrant.

    August 2, 2012 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Nate

      i think you meant "their"

      August 2, 2012 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
    • JR

      LOL. Keep dreaming.

      August 2, 2012 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Osborne

      It's their not there.

      August 2, 2012 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
    • sense4sure

      I believe you don't know what a bigot is, maybe you ought to look it up in dictionary, I think that if you are honest you will see that you are one more that others.

      August 2, 2012 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
    • hervirtualinsanity

      Why is everyone so upset with Chick Fil A when the president and the vice president BOTH shared the SAME view as Cathy not too long ago? No one was boycotting the president, right? Freedom of Speech protects the speech that is unpopular. If you don't share their views, that's fine and I support that. But if you think that the answer is silencing them than just remember this: Just because they silence your enemies today doesn't meant they won't silence you tomorrow.

      August 2, 2012 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
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