The strong reaction to Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy’s comments supporting the “biblical definition of the family unit” has been split between those protesting the company’s opposition to same-sex marriage and those in support of Chick-fil-A’s values or simply its first amendment rights. And many of those supporters lined up in droves Wednesday (Aug. 1) at the fast food restaurant’s locations nationwide for Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee led the charge by announcing the celebration on his Facebook page last week. Chick-fil-A restaurants across the country reported long lines and patient crowds who didn’t mind waiting (see NPR’s roundup).
The Associated Press even reports that “a spokeswoman for the Rev. Billy Graham says the 93-year-old evangelist ate a Chick-fil-A lunch, including a chicken sandwich and waffle fries, at his North Carolina home.”
Showing a different kind of support, though, is a New Hampshire Chick-fil-A franchise manager, who is donating sandwiches to an upcoming gay rights festival to demonstrate that the Chick-fil-A culture “is to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect — regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender.”
Meanwhile, GLAAD has scheduled National Same-Sex Kiss Day — or Kiss Mor Chiks Day — for Friday (Aug. 3), when gay couples are encouraged to go to Chick-fil-A and pucker up as a means of protest. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals also plans to stage its own protests at Chick-fil-A for both its gay marriage opposition and its treatment of chickens.