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Chick-fil-A Supporters Overwhelm Restaurants

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Thousands stood in line showing their support for Chick-Fil-A after the company's president said he does not support same-sex marriage.

The lines were so long in some locations on Wednesday, traffic was backed up around the restaurants.

At the Southridge location the line was out the door and down the parking lot, but customers tell WSAZ.com the wait was well worth it.

"I don't believe in same sex marriages at all, and I'm so glad to see this crowd," customer Kelly Kinsolving said.

Other customers say they support the restaurant president's stance-- and were showing their opposition to calls to a nationwide boycott.

"I think as christians around the country, we need to take a stand on what is right," customer Roy Pierce said.

Opponents of the company's stance are planning "Kiss Mor Chiks" for Friday, when they are encouraging people of the same sex to show up at Chick-fil-A restaurants around the country and kiss each other.

Last month, Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy told the Baptist Press that the Atlanta-based company was "guilty as charged" for backing "the biblical definition of a family." That unleashed a torrent of criticism from gay rights groups and others, who have called for boycotts and efforts to block the chain from opening new stores.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a Baptist minister, declared Wednesday national "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day. Huckabee encouraged people who support traditional values to support the Christian-run company by eating there Wednesday.

The owner of the Chick-Fil-A in Southridge says he anticipated the big crowds, so there was enough food and workers on hand.

Chick-Fil-A is a Christian-run company that is one of the few businesses that close on Sundays.



ORIGINAL STORY
ASHLAND, Ky. (WSAZ/AP) -- Two weeks ago they were known for their tasty chicken, now Chick-fil-A is also known for its stand against gay marriage.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a Baptist minister, declared Wednesday national "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day. Huckabee encouraged people who support traditional values to support the Christian-run company by eating there Wednesday.

Last month, Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy told the Baptist Press that the Atlanta-based company was "guilty as charged" for backing "the biblical definition of a family." That unleashed a torrent of criticism from gay rights groups and others, who have called for boycotts and efforts to block the chain from opening new stores.

The line was out of the door and across the parking lot at the Southridge location in Charleston.

"I don't believe in same sex marriages at all, and I'm so glad to see this crowd," customer Kelly Kinsolving said.

"I think as christians around the country, we need to take a stand on what is right," customer Roy Pierce said.

In Ashland, Ky., long lines quickly formed causing a traffic jam on U.S Route 23 as customers flocked to support the local franchise.

Ralph Black of Catlettsburg, Ky. said he didn’t mind waiting in the long line for his fast food lunch.

"We're supporting their cause is the reason and we support the good Lord Jesus Christ to be honest with you and we're out here today to show our support for Him and it looks to me there's a lot of other people and it's a good thing that they're doing."

Opponents of the company's stance are planning "Kiss Mor Chiks" for Friday, when they are encouraging people of the same sex to show up at Chick-fil-A restaurants around the country and kiss each other.


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