“Chick-fil-A” Appreciation Day Draws Crowds

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- Thousands of people are voting with their wallets Wednesday to support Chick-fil-A restaurants in the St. Louis area and around the country.  They are applauding Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy for saying he is a backer of traditional marriage.

It used to be that taking a bite of a chicken sandwich just meant you were hungry. Now it may be a symbol of whether you stand for or against same-sex marriage, or the right to express your personal views without fear of retaliation.

This campaign was organized by former republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee who called it "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day." And the line was so long at the Chick-fil-A restaurant in Des Peres traffic was backing up on Manchester Road.

And there was a similar scene at the fast food location in Chesterfield where the line of cars to get into the Chick-fil-A was backing up out on to Chesterfield Airport Road.

Many of the customers FOX 2 talked with praise the action of Dan Cathy as courageous to espouse biblical values.

Chick-fil-A released a statement saying: “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day” was created by fans not by Chick-fil-A.  We appreciate all of our customers and are glad to serve them at anytime.”

The company released another statement saying: "The Chick-fil-A tradition is to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender.  Going forward, our intent is to leave the policy debate over same sex marriage to the government and political arena.”

Now supporters of same sex marriage are organizing a "Kiss-In" at Chick-fil-A restaurants across the country, encouraging gays and lesbians to share a public display of affection at the restaurants.

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