Chick-fil-a sup­port­ers flock to res­tau­rant

The Covington News - - The Second Front - RACHEL GOFF rgoff@cov­news.com

An army of sup­port­ers stood in long lines Wed­nes­day at the Cov­ing­ton Chick-fil-A us­ing their or­ders of chicken and fries to de­fend the res­tau­rant chain.

For­mer Arkansas Gov. Mike Huck­abee, a Bap­tist min­is­ter, de­clared Wed­nes­day “Chick-fil-A Ap­pre­ci­a­tion Day.”

The des­ig­nated day came two weeks af­ter Chick­fil-A pres­i­dent Dan Cathy’s com­ments sup­port­ing bib­li­cal mar­riage set off a de­bate on same-sex unions.

How­ever, many said the real is­sue that drew them Wed­nes­day was free­dom of speech.

Cov­News Face­book com­menter James Knight said, “Mar­riage aside, per­haps a big­ger is­sue is the right to say what is on your mind and in your heart with­out some group get­ting their dan­der up.”

Ac­cord­ing to a state­ment re­lease by Chick-fil-A, the spe­cial day was a cus­tomer spon­sored event.

“We did not cre­ate Ap­pre­ci­a­tion Day, but we ap­pre­ci­ate all of our cus­tomers and are glad to serve them at any time,” stated in a press re­lease.

Doug, an em­ployee at the Cov­ing­ton Chick-fil-A, said the lo­cal res­tau­rant was packed for the ma­jor­ity of the day.

“We had a lot of sup­port... We feel very for­tu­nate,” he said.

Cathy told the Bap­tist Press last month that the At­lanta-based com­pany was “guilty as charged” for back­ing “the bib­li­cal def­i­ni­tion of a fam­ily.” Gay rights groups and oth­ers an­swered with calls for boy­cotts.

Op­po­nents of Cathy’s stance have planned “Kiss Mor Chiks” for to­day, ask­ing peo­ple of the same sex to show up at Chick-fil-A lo­ca­tions and kiss each other.

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