Chick-fil-A bracing for Round 2

Chick-fil-A Gay Marriage(Updated 6:21 p.m.)

While chickens are running for the hills and competitors are turning green with envy, Chick-fil-A accountants have to be giddy over Wednesday’s packed restaurants as patrons bought chicken sandwiches in droves to show support for company President and COO Dan Cathy.

The question now is whether there will be a repeat of the crowds Friday when gays and lesbians are expected to turn out for a “National Same-Sex Kiss Day” to protest Cathy’s recent warnings that the nation is “inviting God’s judgment” because it is trying to “redefine” marriage as anything but being a union between and man and woman.

The Atlanta-based privately held company said it had a record sales day Wednesday, though it didn’t provide specifics Thursday in comments to the AJC. “While we don’t release exact sales numbers, it was an unprecedented day.”

As for the fallout over Cathy’s recent comments, the company earlier said, “Going forward, our intent is to leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena.”

Thousands of people in metro Atlanta and across the nation packed restaurants for Wednesday’s “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day” led by former presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee. The former Arkansas governor told Fox News the day’s success went beyond “anything I could have imagined.”

Huckabee also said he doesn’t oppose Friday’s protest, “As long as they’re orderly. As long as they don’t disrupt the flow of customers and traffic,” he told Fox.

Friday’s “Kiss Day” is being sponsored by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, which has called for a boycott of Chick-fil-A not only for Cathy’s comments but also for the millions of dollars GLAAD says Chick-fil-A, through its WinShape philanthropic wing, has donated to groups that lobby against legalization of same-sex marriage. In its “Skip the Sandwich” campaign, GLAAD wants patrons to take the $6.50 they would pay approximately for a meal and donate the money to gay and lesbian rights groups, and post “Kiss Day” pictures on the Internet.

Even some of Chick-fil-A’s competitors appear to be trying to catch some of the attention. According to CNN, some Wendy’s franchises in the Carolinas erected signs outside their restaurants that said, “We Stand With Chick-fil-A.”

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Pam Packer

August 2nd, 2012
11:19 am

We applaud your stand on traditional marriage. Thank you for your courage to stand up!

lis

August 2nd, 2012
11:23 am

This how DemocRATS PARTY RUN THEIR GOVT = SOCIALIST COMMUNIST TYRANNY FASCIST,CRONIYSM ..NOTHING different in IRAN /CHINA/RUSSIA/HITLER This is one more example of that “top-down” totalitarianism exemplified by the modern democrat party,The party is led by Elistist wanna-be communist totalitarians who are intent on forcing their idea of perfection down everyone else’s throat waith until their GOD OBAMA GET RE-ELECT .. He will real a-hole dictator.
VOTE OUT ALL FASCIST AND NO BAMA 2012 , Put Romney In charge

Johnny

August 2nd, 2012
11:26 am

I can’t wait for the day Chick-Fil-A goes out of business and that we will all live in a better and more equal America.

Will Johnson

August 2nd, 2012
11:27 am

Never have I been quite as concerned for the state of this country as I am now, after Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day. Let me be clear, I HAVE NOT boycotted Chick-fil-A because of company President Dan Cathy’s comments on marriage equality. I may not personally agree with him, but that’s the beauty of America; we have the right to express our opinions freely. I HAVE boycotted Chick-fil-A because Dan Cathy has used profits from Chick-fil-A to donate five million dollars to organizations that advocate criminalizing gay people, denying gay people the ability to serve in the military, denying gay people the right to marry, depicting gay people as pedophiles, making it okay to fire gay people, denying gay parents access to their own children, denying children of gay couples the protection that comes from having both parents recognized as having responsibility for that child, treating gay people as broken, in need of repair, and depraved, along with a host of other oppressive initiatives. Yesterday, thousands of Americans packed into Chick-fil-A’s across the nation, many seeking only delicious chicken, but many others went to show their support of the anti-gay organizations and initiatives that Dan Cathy supports. I worry for what that says about us as a nation. I fail to understand how denying anyone their human right to marry, to serve their country, to be a parent, or simply to exist free of discrimination can be justified by ANY means, especially in a country founded on the principle of the separation of church and state. Just because one group does not approve of another’s lifestyle does not grant them the right to deny the other their rights as equal citizens, and I will defend this view as long as I live.

jw

August 2nd, 2012
11:30 am

if you can’t make babies, you can’t be married

Whats Right

August 2nd, 2012
11:30 am

All she is standing up for is what the foundations of what this Nation was built on and this is The Word Of God. If you want to see where marriage is made for a man and a woman, read you Bible and obtain the truth for yourself.

Alessandra

August 2nd, 2012
11:30 am

While chickens are running for the hills and its competitors are turning green with envy, Chick-fil-A accountants have to be giddy over…

hahaha

Very nice writing, Christopher, well done.

It’s about time liberals stopped calling anyone who doesn’t have their dysfunctional viewpoints “haters.”

Conservatives need to support CFA and to boycott:

Oreos (Nabisco, earlier this summer, put them in a bag featuring a cookie with a multicolored gay-pride stuffing) Cheerios, Pillsbury pastries and Green Giant vegetables (owner General Mills is opposing a Minnesota constitutional amendment that would outlaw gay marriage).
JC Penney, which has put pictures of gay dads in its catalogs and uses Ellen Degeneres as its spokeswoman Apple hates Christians and conservatives – they censored the Manhattan declaration while allowing all kinds of perverse apps on their store – are your faith and your values worth less than a glossy gadget?
Amazon’s CEO hates conservative values, so does facebook – they shut down Mike Huckabee’s Chick-fil-A appreciation site for 12 hours right before CFA D-day.

Is it sensible to give your money to powerful corporations who are working to smear your views and to destroy your your 1st Amendment rights?

MarcoD

August 2nd, 2012
11:32 am

Green with envy? For having an entire brand now immediately identified with homosexuals and not chicken. I think not.

Anthony

August 2nd, 2012
11:33 am

Amen Will!!!!!

Chuck Anziulewicz

August 2nd, 2012
11:33 am

Yes, Chick-fil-A certainly had a windfall on Wednesday. But unless the opponents of marriage equality for Gay couples eat there EVERY DAY, I don’t think Chick-fil-A is going to benefit much in the long run:
http://research.yougov.com/news/2012/07/27/chck-fil-takes-perception-dive-fast-food-eaters/

Having your own personal opinions, and conducting your own personal life as your religious beliefs dictate, is one thing.

Working actively to deny others the rights, benefits, and protections that you yourself take for granted is quite another.

Dan Cathy donates millions of dollars in Chick-fil-A profits every year to organizations that work actively to deny law-abiding, taxpaying Gay Americans the rights, benefits, and protections that he takes for granted. Fine, he’s entitled to do so. And no doubt many people who agree with him will eat at Chick-fil-A more often. Maybe they should eat there EVERY day; it will do WONDERS for their waistlines and blood pressure. But I think the majority of Americans who now support some form of marriage equality for Gay couples will take their money elsewhere. I have LOTS of Straight friends, and although they say they like the food at Chick-fil-A, they would rather not have their money being used for anti-Gay causes.

Wizzbang

August 2nd, 2012
11:35 am

OH, you silly humans. Still fighting to stay contracted, misguided and medieval. Gay people are asking for nothing more than what every other human being has the right to do – marry the one he/she loves. Not marry a donkey. Not marry twelve people. A union between two consenting adults – just like you. That’s all. There are already gay persons who are married in this country and guess what? “Traditional” marriage has not been damaged in the process. Yes, have your freedom of religion and in turn, accept that some do not follow your same beliefs, and that’s their right, too. These people are sharing their lives – the ups, downs, the illnesses, struggles, triumphs, deaths – and to deny them what is rightfully theirs, just as it is yours, is the real threat to the fabric of our communities and society.

Human

August 2nd, 2012
11:37 am

14th amendment. Equal protection under the law. The right is wrong on this issue.

Brenda

August 2nd, 2012
11:39 am

It looks like you will have a long wait, Johnny. It doesn’t look like they are going out of business anytime soon. In fact some of the other fast food restaurants seem to be jumping on the band wagon. Equality does not mean that we all share the same opinions. And for the record, my opinion is that God will continue to bless a company, any company, who holds to his commands and statutes, especially in the face of adversity. God bless Chik-fil-a!

Banphotoradar

August 2nd, 2012
11:39 am

How hypocritical these bigots are. They didn’t have a problem boycotting Lipton tea and the the Dixie Chicks or participating in the Parents Television Council boycotts, but all the sudden they are opposed to boycotts.Of course, they will go on to vote for Romney the baby killer who has more dead babies under his belt than Obama. So much for equal protection under the law for all!
http://adage.com/article/news/lipton-iced-tea-dixie-chicks-ads-hold/37767/

Melissa

August 2nd, 2012
11:40 am

Never did Chick Fil A refuse service – they’re not discriminating against anyone. So much for the first ammendment – God forbid anyone have an opinion about something and voice it for the fear of offending someone. You people need to get a life. Let’s ask an OPENLY CHRISTIAN business owner his view about GAY MARRIAGE and be SHOCKED when he states his answer – which is not POLITICALLY CORRECT, but BIBLICALLY CORRECT. Anyone ask the owner of HOBBY LOBBY his view??? They’re not open on Sunday’s either. America: no longer the Land of Dreams and Opportunity, but the Land of not saying anything for fear of persecution and law-suits. Ahh, the American Way – gotta love it.

marie

August 2nd, 2012
11:40 am

Um jw, I think you need to ask your mother for the birds and the bees talk again. BTW, you’re an idiot.

Sicci

August 2nd, 2012
11:42 am

I respect the biblical definition to heterosexual marriage. I am a Christian. I also love the people in my life who are gay and I support gay equality… With that being said. What I do not support is how the gay community wants to deform the original biblical definition to marriage which is a union between man and woman in order to procreate.

Take a high school diploma and a G.E.D as examples. A teenager obtains his high school diploma through full-filling his 4 academic years with grades above average, he gains a high school diploma.
Another teenager drops out of school yet obtains a G.E.D by finishing his high school tests.

HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA AND G.E.D= THE SAME.
Two different names to mean the same thing, but why are they named differently? It is SIMPLE. They were obtain in different fashions.

Marriage is for man and woman to procreate. Same-sex couples is nothing of the sort, even biologically.
Civil Unions are a good name which mean the same thing as marriage yet have differences and the name Civil Union is a word created to define the union of same-sex couples…..

Not sure why the gay community does not understand that. Rather they call Christians who don’t conform to their beliefs RACISTS??? REALLY???

Jeremy

August 2nd, 2012
11:42 am

They made money selling hate, who knew?

Jasmine

August 2nd, 2012
11:43 am

The gays just want to get married for crying out loud.

Hugh

August 2nd, 2012
11:43 am

As a small business owner I find that it’s not a good idea to try to impose my political or religious beliefs on my customers. I serve anyone who comes in the door who is a normal, polite person.

dems

August 2nd, 2012
11:43 am

For he’s a jolly good fellow, for he’s a jolly good fellow For he’s a jolly good fellow (pause), and so say all of us And so say all of us, and so say all of us For he’s a jolly good fellow, for he’s a jolly good fellow For he’s a jolly good fellow (pause), and so say all of us!

Nitdiver5@yahoo

August 2nd, 2012
11:44 am

And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. -Romans 1:27

This is what you get when tell God that He is not welcome here. Our nation would rather be run by homosexuals, pedophiles, murderers, and criminals. You end up with a govt that sacrifices its own people through terror as they did on 9/11, as they do thru poisons in the vaccines, fluoride in the water, chemtrails, and who knows what else. You get illegal wars where your sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, fathers, and mothers die. You get a political system that is so corrupt it wouldn’t function any more if you took away the corruption. You get storms, floods, droughts, sand storms, and earthquakes. You get a monetary system based on debt and deceit. Judgment sucks, doesn’t it America? Glad these are the end times and soon Christ will set all things right. So be it.

Jean

August 2nd, 2012
11:45 am

Jw…I have quite a few “man and wife” friends who are unable to have babies… That was an ignorant statement you made!

Tamara

August 2nd, 2012
11:45 am

Maybe you don’t believe in same sex marriage but the bible does say its not our place to judge. Maybe we would do well to remember that the next time we get into a debate about what
Is right vs what is wrong. He is allowed to say what he wants but others who dont have the same views have the right to stick up for what they believe too.

Laughin at Stupidity

August 2nd, 2012
11:45 am

I think it’s all well and good- say what you want. They ought to be prepared to back up their words with their pocketbooks. I want to see them stop serving gays, stop taking their money. And quite honestly, Wendy’s agreeing will get it nowhere. The smartest thing any competitor could do right now is go against Chikadee and come out on the other side FOR gays. That is where the money is and if any other accountants want to get ‘giddy’ they should support the right for gays to be married. Let’s see what happens then. You cannot stop what will one day be! Just as women are allowed to vote and blacks are no longer slaves, so will America learn from those mistakes and allow gays to be married and have the same rights as anyone else!

Ct

August 2nd, 2012
11:45 am

It is far past time that we stand for what is right and true. This gay lifestyle is first unGodly and also down right worng and evil. We must stand for the truth and not back down to evil.

Tex

August 2nd, 2012
11:47 am

Chick-fil-A locations are mostly in the South. Conservative viewpoint is still very dominant here. Losing gay support but gaining evangelical support in the south means a boon for Chick-fil-A. I eat there like 3 times a year but now I will eat there like twice a week. Too bad they are a privately held company or I would buy stock, and by the way, since they are privately held…they can donate to whatever the heck they want…..America will vote with their dollars and Chick-fil-A will profit…Pass the waffle fries please!

Sue

August 2nd, 2012
11:48 am

Chik Fil A needs to stay out of personal opinions…religion and politics…and just make their over-priced, not-so-hot chicken sandwiches.

scunnered

August 2nd, 2012
11:48 am

Like Christopher Hitchens said: Religion makes people do and say the most evil, hateful things.

I choose to live a moral life, therefore I am a Atheist! Silly hateful attitudes will die out with this generation, thank Buda, Zeus or Higgs Boson.

scunnered

August 2nd, 2012
11:49 am

Like Christopher Hitchens said: Religion makes people do and say the most evil, hateful things.

I choose to live a moral life, therefore I am an Atheist! Silly hateful attitudes will die out with this generation, thank Buda, Zeus or Higgs Boson.

Ross

August 2nd, 2012
11:50 am

So, Chick-fil-A is wrong for donating to PRO Traditional Marriage groups yet it is OK for Home Depot, JC Penny, Target, Ford & Old Navy can donate to ANTI Traditional Marraige groups? Sounds like a double standard against the 1st amendment to me.
YAAAAY CHICK-FIL-A!

steven wood

August 2nd, 2012
11:50 am

I support mr cathys right to free speach. Perhaps the gay community could practice the tolerace they ask of others.

Stefanie

August 2nd, 2012
11:50 am

Will, you need to run for president!!!!! The bible says, Thou shall not judge!!!! Why does anyone care who people fall in love with is beyond my understanding….it’s that simple. Its not religion, its not political, it is just love.

Observer

August 2nd, 2012
11:52 am

Enter your comments here

scunnered

August 2nd, 2012
11:53 am

ct – far past time? Gays have been around since the dawn of time, get over it! Leonardo Da Vinci was gay and he painted the Last Supper. Why don’t you stop your hate for regular people and focus on criminals? Gays are everywhere and always will be. You have them in your family. We all do.

steven wood

August 2nd, 2012
11:55 am

I support mr. Cathys right to free speach. Perhaps the gay community could exersise the tolerance they ask of others.

Jeff

August 2nd, 2012
11:55 am

Human…this is not about equal protection under the law. This is about Mr. Cathy’s first amendement rights and the government (Chicago, Boston, DC, SF) trying to suppress that right. I believe that the government should be out of the business of sanctioning personal relationships. However, given that my quest for government to get out of our personal business is quixotic, at best, I believe that homosexuals shouldn’t be denied the same priveleges as heterosexuals (of course, the same government hassles, too). That being said, it is very dangerous precedent when mayors of major cities decide to punish businesses for speech with which they disagree. Most of the people that supported CFA did so because they are concerned that these mayors were attempting to suppress free speech. Was the Committee on Unamerican Activities that long ago that we’ve forgotten that lesson? People are free to decide for themselves which businesses they wish to patronize. However, when the government tries to make the decision for us (as these mayors have said they will), they violate the First Amendment.

Ron

August 2nd, 2012
11:55 am

I love how these idiots are using fast food for their political platform.
I think fast food is haring the country more than the gays.
Keep it up red-necks and bigots, hopefully McDonald’s, Pizza Hut and Papa John’s along with all of the other heterosexual eating establishments will offend another group of people. Let’s get those arteries clogged.

shwarma_ching

August 2nd, 2012
11:56 am

frikkin love that chicken! – Go Chick-Fil-A!

Teresa

August 2nd, 2012
11:56 am

I’m a believer in Christ Jesus right is right, wrong is wrong!!! I’m so glad Dan Cathy stands firm in his belief!!!!!! God bless you sir you are amazing!!!!

Nygeria

August 2nd, 2012
11:57 am

I’m longing for my regular CFA sandwich fix but I’ll pass for a while to let things settle down. By this time next week the media will have redirected our attention to some new crisis and it’ll be safe to go back.

Paul Davis

August 2nd, 2012
11:57 am

I have never been nearly concerned about my country as I’ve been this past few days. When someone states an opinion in support of a traditional Christian value (for little less than 2000 years) – and the company is threatened by government officials openly and brazenly I fear for our country.
At what point do we have tests to see if business permits are issued based upon if their political views are inline with whomever is running the area? Now the politics have backed down a little from their “never here” positions. I suspect someone reminded them that the first amendment has this thing called free speech and freedom of religion.

I don’t care what the position is or how offensive it is to you or me, your lifestyle or mine, your skin color or mine, either gender, any faith and so on. In America, this county, our country, people have EVERY right to SAY what they believe without the government punishing them for holding such a view.

I worry what it says about us as a nation when people support the government silencing ideas that are currently unpopular with whomever is in office. Somehow our rights are subject to the ruling party, is this REALLY what we want as a country? What if the government officials were calling for the banning of gay bars? If you support banning one company for one view, you can’t get upset when the politician is against what you support.

I feel people, especially on the left, are so intolerant of anyone else’s right to voice an opinion opposite of theirs that their leaders feel entitled to use the force of government to silence those voices. They equate any deviation from their thoughts as an example of “hatred” or “anti-”whatever. Makes it very difficult to even care about their position or carry on any meaningful conversation because it just ends in name calling (racist, sexist, war on woman, war on children, hater, anti-woman, anti-gay and so on) when it simply isn’t even close to the truth.

Theresa

August 2nd, 2012
11:57 am

I stand with Chick Fil A and any other business who are not afraid to stand up for what is Godly and right and stand for right family values

scunnered

August 2nd, 2012
11:58 am

Teresa – Jesus wasn’t a hater like you. Wrong is wrong, hon.

Gorbachev

August 2nd, 2012
11:58 am

We will destroy America from within.

The fire rises.

judgedead

August 2nd, 2012
11:58 am

JW are you saying that infertile people should not ge allowed to marry?
Christianity did not invent and does not own marriage.
Traditional family values? what like Abraham marrying his half sister? or marrying more than one wife? or marrying children? what traditional family values?
Equal rights for all. stop bigotry

Shea Bernard

August 2nd, 2012
11:59 am

@Will Johnson – It appears to have slipped your attention that homosexuals ARE NOT A CONSTITUTIONALLY PROTECTED CLASS. This particular perversion is as ancient as any other sin, and it is disingenuousness at its best to pretend that our Founding Fathers were not aware of homosexuals. Beings they were aware of homosexuals, if they wanted them included in the protected classes they would have.

You say it is not a choice, but other homosexuals do not agree with you and say it is a choice – they even then go so far to say that even many of those of you who claim you were born that way only say this because if you acknowledged it was a choice, you could not seek protected status. Its a self serving argument, and therefore invalid,

Until science definatively and unanimously agrees that it is a genetic defect, then it is a choice.

The table goes both ways as well. If we are homophobes ( an inaccurate use of the term ), because we do not agree with your ideology, then you are heterophobes because you do not agree with our ideology. If we are haters and intolerant because we do not agree with your views on marriage, then you are equally haters and intolerant because you do not subscribe to our views on marriage.

Homosexuals constantly commit the fallacy of equivocation ( not the pun form ) when they fallaciously attempt to equate the HATRED of a groups BEHAVIOR, with the HATRED of the people that comprise that group.

We do not hate you Will, we are just disgusted by your vile sexual behaviors., behaviors for which there is NO biological provision. You will notice there is no such thing as HOMOSEXUAL sex organs. You are ALL born with HETEROSEXUAL equipment.

We dont hate you, we love you as Gods Children as well, but just as with our own biological children whom we love, loving them DOES NOT equate nor is synonomous with putting up with their unacceptable behaviors.

I love my daughter, but I do not put up with every behavior she comes up with simply because I love her.

I also HATE many of her behaviors and actions; that does not mea that I HATE my daughter.

FYI

Sandra Mack

August 2nd, 2012
11:59 am

The silent majority SPEAKS!!

We will stand for what is right and come along side those who do what is right. We believe in Biblical principles and will support and stand with one another because we believe what God says.

Observer

August 2nd, 2012
11:59 am

An interesting article here. I think this reflects how many feel.

http://www.perrynoble.com/2012/08/01/ben-jerrys-chic-fil-a-political-correctness/

Fran for Freedom

August 2nd, 2012
12:00 pm

I didn’t finish my comment, how do I retrieve for complete??
I wanted to say :::….Shut down Chil-Fli-A and we will have a real problem, because this is an issue of everyone having the right to do business in America, without being criticized for our personal opinions or point of view.
I’m a christian we should follow the bible, that’s my choice. Amazingly though…according to the Word of God …everyone has a choice…we donot have the right to block or take away the option of choice from anyone….He will judge in the end…meantime we need to stay off each other turf!!