Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day Draws Crowds
Large crowds reported at several Chick-fil-As around the country.
After Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy voiced his support for the Biblical view of marriage, critics were quick to pounce on the company. Gay rights advocates called for a ban of the company and some politicians called Cathy's position discriminatory.
In response to the controversy, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee declared August 1 "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day."
"Let's affirm a business that operates on Christian principles and whose executives are willing to take a stand for the Godly values we espouse by simply showing up and eating at Chick Fil-A on Wednesday, August 1," Huckabee wrote on the Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day Facebook page.
The Mike Huckabee Facebook page is currently plastered with photos of Chick-fil-A crowds across the country.
(The closest Chick-fil-As to Montclair are at the Paramus Park Shopping Center and in New York City, but there are many throughout the country in cities visited by local residents on vacation this summer.)
The Chick-fil-A frenzy was also a hot topic on Twitter and Google. According to a report in the Los Angeles Times, "Chick-fil-A" was a trending topic on Twitter and the most-searched-for term on Google.
While supporters of Chick-fil-A may have made a very visible statement on Wednesday, gay rights advocates are hoping to make a statement of their own later this week on National Same Sex Kiss Day.
"National Same Sex Kiss Day is this Friday, August 3rd at a Chick-fil-A near you!," according to a post on the National Same Sex Kiss Day Facebook page. "Head to your local Chick-fil-A and share a kiss with your sweetie. Let's show Chick-fil-A that EVERYONE deserves to be able to fall in love, start a family, and take their children to eat fried chicken after a soccer match. ;)"
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