Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day Rallies Supporters in Wake of Gay Marriage Firestorm

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An unofficial Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day brought hundreds of thousands of fast food lovers out to the support the embattled restaurant, which has endured serious criticism resulting from its ownership's gay marriage stance.

Supporters converged on its locations on Wednesday after former GOP presidential hopeful and Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee declared it to be Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day called on people to show support a great business.

Tea Party groups, conservative activists and countless ordinary patrons flocked to the chain, which has been under fire since chief executive Dan Cathy recently stated that he and his company were against gay marriage.

The comments drew strong reactions, with customers pledging to boycott the chain and some mayors - most notably Boston's Tom Menino and Chicago's Rahm Emanuel - proclaiming they would not allow Chick-fil-A in their cities.

Interestingly, many came out to support the restaurant and Cathy's religious beliefs, even if they say they are less than religious themselves.

"I'm not getting myself involved in the issue of gay marriage and all that, I'm not getting involved in a religious debate," Gwilym McGrew said.

"I'm getting involved in the government and the media basically putting their thumb on a businessperson for his religious beliefs."

Mark Almlie said he'd never even had Chick-fil-A food, but drove in Wednesday to support "people that stand up for what they believe in."

"I'm not against gay rights by any means, but I think this guy is getting a bad rap," Ed Vatter added. "Plus, the food's pretty good."

Some customers said they waited in line over an hour, and were told it would take about even longer before they were able to order their food.

They were unswayed.

"That man - just like you or I - has a right to say, 'This is what I believe' and not be punished for it," Karen Kenney told the L.A. Times.

In all, it was an overwhelming response to the backlash of recent weeks, which saw protests outside restaurants and calls to boycott the chain.

Actor Ed Helms was among the first to boycott Chick-fil-A over the issue; many other stars and regular people alike have urged the same.

What do you think of efforts to boycott Chick-fil-A?

 

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This is where I get piss at, you can not make nobody change their mind on how they feel about gay marrige. Chick-Fil-A, has the right to speek their mind and that is what you call freedom of speech. Now I was agreeing with gays having the right to feel free in this damn country with the B.S. But now, they are all starting to get on my last freaking nerve. What do they want? The whole freaking damn world gay! Again, you can not change a person mind on their belief. The gays are getting out of hands, somebody please let these people have their day. I don't care what nobody say's, I will keep on eating Chick-Fil-A.

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If we want to get religious about this: Let he is without sin, cast the first stone.....Love thy neighbor as thyself....Judge not, lest thou be judged.
If it doesn't affect one personally, why does anyone care? Supposedly God created us all and God doesn't make mistakes. Let him be the Judge in the end, not us. In the Catholic Religion I guess it's okay to be gay, just don't act upon it. Let's keep religion out of this. I live in an area where my next door neighbors are gay...guess what? I'd rather be friends with them, and I am, than some of the disgusting Heterosexuals in the development.

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@Alisa: You are correct. God did make everyone; however, God made us in his own image. God has a plan for humanity. God tells us to forgive one another. God also says to live by his ways. People who truly believe in him fight for his word. That's all. Read his word and you will know what I am talking about. Lastly, do have an IPOD or IPhone? or drink Starbucks? I personally do and I am not giving mine up for freedom of speech. It looks like you are.

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Gays have equal rights other than marriage! It is a moral issue not a civil rights issue! Except it or continue to get flack. We are sick of your bitching! The only reason the line didn't wrap around the block is because word didn't get out! Southerners don't give a damn about what gays want.

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Chick-Fil-A has a right to FREE SPEECH just like the proponents of same-sex marriage. It's that simple. This is blown out of proportion by the gays. Go eat at McDonald's if y'all don't like it! Chase Ronald McDonald around the play area or something. Leave other businesses alone! I'm sick of liberals whining they are the only ones who have the right to speak their beliefs and express their values! This restaurant chain and it's owner have the same rights as the "lispers"!

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gays don't want SPECIAL RIGHTS OR LAWS....THEY WANT THE SAME RIGHTS & PROTECTIONS, THAT HETROSEXUALS "TAKE FOR GRANTED".....GOD MADE EVERYONE.

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the owner has the right to HIS opinion....what he doesn't have the right to DO, is SPEAK for everyone in the company....did you supportors of his know, that he is NOT allowing the workers to have their RIGHT TO FREEDOM OF SPEECH....in other words, they CAN'T make statements to the press....unless they don't give their name, out of FEAR of losing their JOBS.....LOVE IS LOVE....GOD MADE EVERYONE, which includes GAYS....religous people are using that to KEEP a group of citizens from having their EQUAL RIGHTS.

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Instead of being happy that they can leave the closet, they have to try to put a restaurant out of business, because the owners believe in traditional marriage, as most people, including myself, do. You give the perverts an inch, they want a foot. No pun intended. Normal people, don't have your hair done, or buy antiques. Lol.

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Whether you agree with him or not, he has a right to his opinion. If you agree, continue to patronize his businesses-if not, simply take your business elsewhere.

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So let me get this straight/ Tea Party members, conservatives and Ordinary people- flocked? Not a democrat in tha bunch? This is not about gayness this is about Religon and the countless times I've heard about how they are closed on Sundays and we all know how those Christians are! Can some one tell me why the gay protestors are not protesting in front of black churches? They are anti- gay! What's up with that? Today people view gays, Liberals, Democrats, anti-religious, black panthers and intolerance all under the same umbrella and it should be. Just as the hoodie wrongly labeled Zimmerman as racist anti-gay marriage has now labeled Christians as gay haters. You people are a true work of art. Drama & gays the 2 go hand N hand.