Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day sees massive turnout

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The lunch-hour rush came in force Wednesday for Chick-Fil-A's around central Virginia.

Lines of vehicles wrapped around several outlets in Chester, Hanover, Mechanicsville, and many other locations for Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day -- a movement to show support for the president of the company who recently came under fire for taking a public position against same-sex marriage.

Sherry Nyquist is a regular customer but made a special trip to her Short Pump Chick-Fil-A.

"I know Chic-Fil-A stands for Christian values and I know they spoke out against what they believe marriage is. I feel like I want to support them and their right for freedom of speech," said Sherry Nyquist.

Dan Cathy, president of the popular fast food chain said he supports, "the biblical definition of the family unit."

Protestors hammered the company for promoting an anti-gay agenda and began calling for boycotts of Chic-Fil-A.

"We have the privilege and right to voice what we believe in. We also have the right to speak out against that. Whatever the product if a company speaks out against my community I'm not doing business with them anymore," said Bill Harrison, Executive Director with the Gay Community Foundation of Richmond.

Harrison calls the company's comments, disheartening.

"When a company speaks out and tries to give the appearance that we're less than others when it comes to marriage and family we're going to speak out against it," Harrison added.

Former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has been one of the most vocal supporters of Chick-Fil-A. His facebook page has been flooded with comments from thousands of people. Huckabee dubbed Wednesday Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day.

Protestors of the restaurant are planning to have a same-sex kiss at Chick-Fil-A locations, nationwide, on Friday.

The president of Chick-Fil-A, Dan Cathy, says "We operate as a family business ... our restaurants are typically led by families -- some are single. We want to do anything we possibly can to strengthen families. "

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