Thousands Flock to Chick-fil-A's Defense
Gay-marriage foes, backers throng restaurants
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 2, 2012 1:59 AM CDT
Updated Aug 2, 2012 5:37 AM CDT
A Chick-fil-A worker cheers at a Mississippi restaurant.   (AP Photo/The Commercial Appeal, Stan Carroll)

(Newser) – Chick-fil-A had a busy day yesterday. Across the country, crowds of gay marriage opponents—and supporters—converged on the chain's more than 1,600 locations for "Chick fil-A Appreciation Day," reports the Los Angeles Times. Huge lines grew outside many restaurants, while gay rights advocates held signs urging people to eat elsewhere. Some protesters and counter-protesters dressed as Superman or held 8-foot crosses, while some wily gay rights advocates joined the long lines only to order water once inside the restaurants.

"OK, leftists, go crazy," tweeted Rick Santorum after joining the appreciation day, called by Mike Huckabee. Elsewhere, Wendy's ordered a North Carolina franchisee to take down "We Stand With Chick-fil-A" signs at dozens of locations, while New Hampshire's sole Chick-fil-A operator announced that his restaurant will sponsor the state's gay pride festival despite chain president Dan Cathy's anti-gay marriage stance, which started the whole circus. Gay rights advocates plan a kiss-in tomorrow at the chain, whose executives seem to want to go back to focusing on chicken. "Our intent is to leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena," the company said in a statement on its website.

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Aug 7, 2012 2:54 PM CDT
GOD Create Adam and Eve,NOT Adam and Steve. Taking up the Anus is Un-Natural. There is a reason it hurts to take up the Anus! There is also a reason why men can't get pregnant. VERY UN-NATURAL TO BE GAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Aug 2, 2012 1:24 PM CDT
Took a drive down by the local CFA, and just as I suspected everything is back to normal. No backed-up traffic or long lines or police blocking entry ways. The unseen difference is that pro-marriage equality supporters for the most part will not be returning to CFA.
Aug 2, 2012 12:39 PM CDT
Thousands Flock to Chick-fil-A's Defense? How about hundreds of thousands or millions? That's more like it!