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. bjgreen

    Matt, I totally agree. It's really not about the gays, it's about government and our politicians trying to force things on people. It started with the one gallon toilets, then no smoking ban, moved to big size drinks and now I understand NYC is considering locking up formula to "encourage" mother to do natural feeding. Big time government get out of my ability to make the choices I want to make.

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

      I have seen formula locked up grocery stores. I believe, however, that the issue is more related to the fact that it is expensive and poor families may steal it. It is my understanding, that mothers addicted to drugs cannot breast feed their babies in a healthy manner, so this obviously would exacerbate the problem.

      August 2, 2012 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
    • TJS

      Unfortunately we live in a country where people over indulge in drinks, steal formula from stores, eat massive amounts of garbage like chick fil a, etc. Guess who pays for these peoples freedoms... you and I. Therefore sometimes government has to step in to protect all of our society. Most of us agree too much regulation is bad and too little is a disaster, therefore we find middle ground. If parents in this country were responsible, than we wouldn't need a babysitter constantly.

      August 2, 2012 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  2. Marthew

    Glad people are finally getting fed up with special groups' ability to lock down free speech and opinions. We are becoming more and more censored in this country due to overly vocal minorities.

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

      Agreed!!

      August 2, 2012 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
    • John Berggren

      So apparently minorities should not exercise their free speech so that you can spew hate with yours.
      Welcome to the 50's! I'm so sorry for you that the Jim Crow laws were overturned. That must have upset you greatly.

      August 2, 2012 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
    • TJS

      You must have forgot this country was founded on the idea of the majority protecting the minority. If you were restricted basic rights that others had, you would be the first one up in arms.

      August 2, 2012 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  3. Keith

    Gays are intolerant. We gave them an inch and they're taking a foot. Time for a chicken sandwich!

    August 2, 2012 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
    • marabou22

      Would you be saying that if the issue was interracial marriage? or the blacks right to vote? Would you be calling the blacks interolerant of white people for wanting racist laws? I would hope not.

      August 2, 2012 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
    • TJS

      If one of your basic rights as a human was being challenged, you constantly had nut cases like Huckabee rallying bigots to support causes against your freedoms, and people like chick fil a's CEO sparking hateful debate based on fictional mythology, you might be upset also. Even as a straight, married man, I am man enough to say let the gays get married and be happy, we will be a much better society in the long run.

      August 2, 2012 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  4. Kelsey

    So let me jut get this straight...'Christians' have come out in their masses to support big business over human rights? That makes sense.

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

      Christians came out to protect the buisness. The gay agenda intends to collapse the restaurant because the guy said what we always knew he believed. Supporting traditional values are not violating any human rights. It's funny that "gay marriage" is a civil liberty issue but killing an unborn baby is a medical procedure.

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

      Human rights? Please! I've had enough of the human rights and civil rights excuses. Stop force feeding the gay agenda to people who don't agree with it.

      August 2, 2012 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
    • TJS

      Stop trying to justify a group that believes noah put animals on an arc. Would you justify a comment by someone that believed in Zeus?

      August 2, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  5. BKTX

    The issue isn't about free speech, it is about not giving my money to a company that supports fringe groups. I have no problem with the owner of a company expressing his beliefs. I do have a problem with a company that funnels millions of dollars to organizations that are deemed hate groups by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Some of these groups lobby for the incarceration or deportation of gays in America. They also fund bills in African countries that would make it legal to kill any gay.

    August 2, 2012 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  6. organically

    Religion is the biggest scam inthe history of humanity

    August 2, 2012 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  7. Jasie

    They have a great gilled chicken sandwich.

    August 2, 2012 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  8. Dan

    I love CFA. I love America. We are tired of the LGBT Act Up crowd trying to run the country. You liberals and gays are the most intollerant fascist in the world.

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

      @Dan read the definitions below. The two don't go together, and the second is a more accurate description of you and extreme right-wingers. Learn a language before you use it for your misguided hate.
      This post applies to a lot of the commenters on here.

      Liberal: favorable to progress or reform, as in political or religious affairs.
      Fascism: a governmental system led by a dictator having complete power, forcibly suppressing opposition and criticism, regimenting all industry, commerce, etc., and emphasizing an aggressive nationalism, extreme right-wing views and often racism.

      August 2, 2012 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
    • TJS

      Intolerant? Gays aren't the ones telling you who and who you can't marry. Take a look in the mirror before you throw stones.

      August 2, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  9. shawn

    Good for them. These nazi tactics of the radical democractic party have to be challenged. The radical democractic party and it's intolerance toward anyone who disagree with them cannot be allow to shut up the opposition. Obama is a fascist. Government control economy that picks winners and losers is fascist.

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

      amen. Thanks for the good post

      August 2, 2012 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
    • TJS

      So Halliburton's no bid contracts were?

      August 2, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  10. PAUL

    I would be a little upset if I owned a Chick-fil-A franchise and the corporate owner shot off his mouth and caused me to lose business. He is excercising 'free speech' but it can impact others that have plopped down cash for a franchise but maybe Jesus will make up any cash short falls. LOL

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

      According to the article;
      Sounds like Jesus already did. IMHO. If you are that upset, sell your franchise and move to another country where they tend to frown on people exercising free speech. There are still plenty of them out there.

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

      The short term profits may increase, but the long term reputation of chick fil a is destroyed by zealots running the company. I agree, if I managed or owned a chick fil a I would make sure I distanced myself as far as possible from these discriminatory views.

      August 2, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  11. espnfeedback

    I think it's positive when a business espouses his/her deeply held beliefs. These present opportunities for the public at larege to know exactly who we're comfortable doing business with. For some, the only issue is the value added services rendered. For others it matters not only the businesses owners personal beliefs, but what he does with the money he receives for said service. If the customer, who also has deeply held beliefs, thinks that profits are being funneled into political groups whose sole purpose is to effect change or maintain a status quo that they strongly or vehemently disagree with, then the customer has every right to vote with their voice and with their feet and go elsewhere for their deep fried chicken: which in the end will hasten the need for The Affordable Care Act(OBAMA CARE) for all concerned.

    August 2, 2012 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  12. Adam

    Middle America fights back.

    August 2, 2012 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Dunlar

      Against what???

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

      Make that "Middle Ages" Americans slight back.

      August 2, 2012 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  13. Right wing left wing let's call the whole thing off

    Well Chi-fil-A might be the hot spot for hill billies and in breeders it does not mean that we can just dismiss their argument. 600,000 + people against gay marriage is not something you can ignore.

    While I do not have anything against gay people (my brother included) I find the idea of man-butt love to be revolting as do so many other people in our country.

    Besides at the end of the day we have a crapload of other things to worry about than whether or not gay's should be able to get married. Sorry friends but your marriage fight should be on the back burner way behind poverty, crime and racism.

    August 2, 2012 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
    • eddie

      Why do people have to take it to the bedroom like this "Man-Butt lovers" so should i call str8 people names also, When i see people in love i only see happniess and how much they love each other, i don't think of the bedroom like you do, you are sick.

      August 2, 2012 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • MrBrewskiSays

      Tell that to your brother, I'm sure he'll be pleased with your honesty.

      August 2, 2012 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  14. PhilO

    Thanks Mr chick-fil-a for staning up for what you believe. It's called freedom of speech! If you don't like it.... you can always pack your stuff and move out if America. That's my freedom of speech!

    August 2, 2012 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Michael Hopkins

      I see that you believe that a corporation is protected by the first Amendment; as you probably believe like the Republicans that a corporation has the rights of a citizen. Well, how about when the corporation that is based in the United States is not owned by an American, and they decide to influence politics stateside? I guess you're okay with that.

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

      Great post Michael. What if chick fil a was owned by a muslim company?

      August 2, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  15. holliemb

    HA! This is going to become like a hot dog eating contest where the participants cheeks are bulging and they're looking green around the gills. How many chicken sandwiches can they eat? How long can they keep it up? Not long, I'd expect. LMAO

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

      So they had a big day. Big deal. They can't keep it up. They'll kill off their customers with that garbage that they serve.

      August 2, 2012 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
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