|A crowded August 1st Chick-fil-A store interior|
Some 600,000 people had signed up to celebrate Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day today, which former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee created to counter a boycott launched by same-sex marriage activists last week after Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy said he was “guilty as charged” for not supporting homosexual marriage.
“The goal is simple,” Huckabee wrote on Facebook. “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” . . . .
[Patron] Roger Cates told CNN’s iReport he had lunch at Chick-fil-A in Owensboro, Ky., and planned to return with his family for dinner. He said political leaders who have criticized the chain, such as the mayors of Boston and Chicago, are hypocritical.
“I think it is ironic that the so-called forces of tolerance and inclusion are calling for the exclusion of Chick-fil-A from cities simply because of the beliefs of their chairman. … People that disagree with me have a right to their opinion, and I have a right to mine,” Cates said.
In Oklahoma, Tim Tibbles told iReport: “It’s 109 degrees here, and people have been standing outside for well over an hour. Nobody is complaining or talking about the controversy. They’re showing quiet support.”
Other chains reportedly got in on the action, with some Wendy’s franchises in North and South Carolina posting signs outside their restaurants saying, “We Stand With Chick-fil-A.”