After Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy voiced his support for the Biblical view of marriage, critics were quick to pounce on the company.
In response to the controversy, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee declared Aug. 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 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.
Locally, police and fire personnel were called to the Chick-fil-A in .
"Two quick observations so far from today: 1)We are highly, as in "super cali fragilistic expialidocious" proud of our team members today...they have worked so hard & so efficiently and offered tons of genuine 'my pleasure' comments. 2) We have been **incredibly** humbled by your patronage," a restaurant representative posted on the Winder location's Facebook page.
In Dacula, long lines were reported at the and the .
In Lilburn, . Lines extended to the back of the restaurant into the seating area. Nearby in Snellville, store patrons parked at a nearby church when the restaurant's parking lot became full.
While supporters of Chick-fil-A may have made a very visible statement today, 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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