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Supporters flock to Chick-fil-A restaurants

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- If it took longer to get your chicken sandwich today, you're not alone.

Recent comments against gay marriage by the president of Chick-Fil-A ruffled some feathers. But today, the restaurant chain saw huge business.

For weeks a dark cloud has hung over Chick-Fil-A after their president said he was guilty as charged for backing the biblical definition of a family

Neither that statement nor the early morning rain could stop many in the Port City from lining up to show their support for Chick-Fil-A.

"Mr. Cathy spoke his personal opinion, and he has a right to do that, and we stand behind his right to do it, and we do agree with him that we support traditional marriage," customer Lynn Bullock said as he and his wife visited the Chick-Fil-A in Monkey Junction. "We have been married for 46 years."

"It just goes to show how people in America are supporting what they are doing," customer R.C. Bottles said.

Some even used the event proclaimed as Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day by former presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee as an opportunity to teach their beliefs of right and wrong.

"We had a discussion on the way out here on why we were coming to Chick-Fil-A, and it was that the man Dan Cathy... supports Christian values, and one way we can support him is with our dollar," said Kristine Thompson, who dined at Chick-Fil-A with her children.

But members of Wilmington's gay community say all of this clucking is wrong.

"For any one from the LGBT community, it would be hard for us to go out and spend money with a corporation is donating that money to organizations that promote hate," Wilmington Pride's Ryan Burris said.

Opponents of Chick-Fil-A's stance on gay marriage have planned protests at restaurants across the country later this week, including Kiss-Ins at the restaurants.

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Why no word on how many showed up yesterday at the local Chick-Fil-A for the "kiss-in"? My, my, my. I guess it was a total flop, huh? I can just hear all the excuses now.


Are you really that childish? Wow.

Cathy: A private citizen with a personal opinion...

Funny...I can't recall seeing this much outrage when Obama said the same thing in 2008...

“I believe that marriage is the union between a man and a woman. Now, for me as a Christian — for me — for me as a Christian, it is also a sacred union. God’s in the mix.” - April 17, 2008, while running for president

“I believe marriage is between a man and a woman. I am not in favor of gay marriage. But when you start playing around with constitutions, just to prohibit somebody who cares about another person, it just seems to me that’s not what America’s about.” - Nov. 2, 2008, while running for president

Yeah, he's flip-flopped a few times on this issue since his days in the Senate. But, still... where was the outrage then?

What I can't get over is how

What I can't get over is how off track and stupid this whole thing got in the first place. The Chick Fil A CEO position has been consistent as long as Chick Fil A has been around. Further no one has called for "hate" against gay people. Not one time have I ever heard Truett Cathy call for gay people to be ridiculed, persecuted or otherwise unwelcome at his restaurants or in his employ. Not believing in gay marriage is not "hate" any more than wanting nativities removed from public buildings or prayer out of school is "hate" speech against Christians. Calling Christian people and business names like "bigot" or screaming about intolerance is no different than having people call gay people "perverts" or "queer". We have a right to have differences in opinion in this country. I'm certain Chick Fil A has plenty of gay employees and I'll even bet a few gay franchise owners. Meanwhile where are the boycotts against companies like WalMart, Sams Club, Urban Outfitters (who sold anti Prop 8 tshirts then used their profits to fund organizations working to get it passed), InNOut Burger, Forever21, etc who have given money to the same causes and their leadership has expressed the same opinions? Heck, Barack Obama was against gay marriage until about 3 months ago. Were you picketing the White House too?! Was he hateful and now isn't? Exxon took OUT the clause in their employee policy that protected people from being discriminated against based on sexual preference and despite several attempts by shareholders to put it back in over the years, the leadership has refused. The CEO of Marriott hotels personally gave $300K last year to "pray the gay away" organizations. EHarmony does not allow homosexual matches. They have a sister site specifically for it that was created when there was some uproar about it but they certainly don't advertise it in the mainstream. I guess it's ok to hide gay people in the back of the bus as long as you don't speak about gay marriage in a spiritual magazine? Where are the boycotts?!

Educate yourself before you go screaming about bigotry and "hate sandwiches". Stop being stooges of a media created hubbub. Ask yourself that if all of this has been going on all of this time, why this company and why now? I know plenty of people who went to Chick Fil A yesterday not because they agree with them but because in this country you have a RIGHT to speak your opinion and calling for govt intervention for having an opinion (such as keeping them from opening new stores, etc) is no different than the other side asking for govt intervention and gay marriage to be banned.It's comical because you can go ahead and stop them from opening in your city and they will just open somewhere else and pay tax revenues and payroll somewhere that understands what the constitution is about. Ooh, please don't throw them in that briar patch! :rolls eyes:

So don't go there anymore if you don't agree with their politics but have the courage to be consistent and stop going to Walmart, Exxon, etc and at least be consistent. The other side will do the same thing. That's one of the last few great things about America. We all have a right to our opinion and other private citizens have the right to vote with their almighty dollars.

Chick-Fil-A in SHALLOTTE!!!

We SO need a Chick-Fil-A in Shallotte!!!

I've been hearing rumors

I've been hearing rumors that we are getting one, but you know how the rumors around here are.


Dan Cathy has a right to his own opinion regardless how anyone of us feel.The bottom line at the end of the day we have to look at our own short falls.In the mean time Chick-Fil-A profits have hit the roof.They have been sucessful for awhile,but now!!!!!!!


People do we really want to start quoting the bible, I can also quote it . The best thing I was ever taught was Dont judge someone just because they sin differently than you. With that Leviticus 19:19 You shall not let your castle breed with different kind, you shall not sow your field with two kinds of seeds.... HUMMM so not only is same sex relationships a sin to God but so is biracial marriage and marriage between two people of different religions...okay everyone lets go back to 1950s so that we can follow religion the right way. JUDGE NOT UNLESS YOUR WILL TO STAND AT THE START LINE. So yes I gave up chick fil a, to donate money to hate is a SIN!!! Im straight but not narrow and will always support human rights !


think the HATE is in YOUR heart...go see somebody about it!


You know, you really shouldn't quote something you know nothing about.

Leviticus is formally known as "Torat Kohanim", or "Instructions for the Priests". Leviticus was a rule book for the proper worship of the God of Israel by His people (the Hebrews). It wasn't meant for the Gentiles (non-Hebrews/unbelievers).

In Leviticus 19:19, God commanded His people (the Hebrews) not to be "unequally yoked" (or mingle) with unbelievers. It wasn't about bi-racial marriage or same sex relationships; it was about Hebrews not associating themselves with unbelievers.


Unless you are Jewish, the Old Testament means no more to you than the Koran. If you are Christian, you follow the New Testament. No place in the New Testament does Jesus specifically condemn homosexuality, so if you have been baptized, shut up about it and learn to get along with all kinds of people. Faith, Love and Charity, people!


The Old Testament is an important part of the Bible and can't be ignored if you're a Christian. Christians follow the WHOLE Bible, not just the New Testament.

The actual word "homosexual" didn't come into existence until the 19th century; therefore, The Bible doesn't specifically use the word "homosexual" in the New Testament, but it's meaning is clear. What else would you call it when it mentions women laying with women and men laying with men as being "unnatural"? Pretty clear, huh?

I know you won't pick up the Bible and read it, even to try to prove someone wrong, but in the New Testmanet, Romans 1:18-27, 1 Corinthians 6:9, and 1 Tim. 1:10 are just some of the scriptures that backup Old Testament laws about homosexuality being an abomination to God.

If you really believe in "faith, love, and charity", you shouldn't be telling people to shut up just because they don't agree with you. This is a public forum and anyone is welcome to comment on any of the posts.

You make me laugh

"Christians follow the WHOLE Bible...bahaahahaha... have you even read the Bible? The WHOLE thing?? Your ridiculous...

Yes, I have.

Yes, I have read the whole Bible....with understanding. You obviously, have not. And what little you read, you disregarded if it didn't fit into your own wants and needs. I feel sorry for you.

What wants and needs are you

What wants and needs are you referring too? And who says that I consider myself a christian? I read the bible objectively and for educational purposes. I have no dog in this fight outside of the misinformation of some people of the Christian faith, and the blatant disregard of simple liberties constitutionally awarded to ALL natural citizens of the USA. I'm just saying there is absolutely no one capable of knowing all of the doctrine encompassed in the bible, and can live their life making decisions based on every single line of scripture... utterly impossible... Don't feel sorry for me I'm quite fine in knowing who I am, and what I'm about.

I was referring

I was referring to your own agenda. Whatever direction you're trying to sway people to. Believe me, I never for one instant mistook you for a Christian.

You may have intentionally misunderstood me, but I never said that anyone can live their life making decisions based on every single line of scripture. What I did say is that the Old Testament should never be disregarded by Christians. If you disregard the Old Testament, you would have to disregard the Ten Commandments. The Old Testament and the New Testament are BOTH in the Bible, and God wants us to know them both, or the Old Testament wouldn't have been included.

And who wrote the Bible?

Men wrote the bible. Men decided what material would be placed in the bible.... many books were left out in case you didn't know. Men who were interpreting ancient hebrew text. Which a lot of characters could have had a lot of different meanings. It is safe to say that this man made book has many flaws... and over the years the Christian faith makes it even worse with the NIV version taking words out and putting in modern day slang, wordage which takes the true meaning away from the original text every time. The thing about your argument which you don't even see is Jesus mentioned the commandments in the new testament he never mentions homosexual, or anything of the kind. It seems that all knowing God would have foreseen these obstacles, and gave Jesus a sermon to preach on the matter.

Obviously not

or else you skipped the part about loving your neighbor like you love yourself or you are filled with self-loathing. Could you please tell me which it is?

Sorry guestman I thought

Sorry guestman I thought your above comment was directed to me...

Guest Man

You really know me I tell you... I have nothing but love for everyone. I truly value human life, and simply want the best for everyone. I can love and still have a difference of opinion and in some instances such as this point out some truths and some distortions on some peoples parts of what they actually "think" the Bible says... can you say the same for yourself...

What does it matter

It's amazing how many people use what's written in a book to spew hatred at others, in the name of god. Just curious why it matters to all of you haters what two people who are in love do in the privacy of their lives. How does a marriage that you dont approve of because of how you interpret a passage in a book, affect the rest of you people? Do you have such pathetic lives of your own that it makes you feel better to show your hatred towards others? What kind of Christians are you? It's too bad you all can't spend your free time doing good christian deeds, instead of hating others for how they were born. You people showing your hate is an embarrassment to this good Christian country, seems to me you all need to find something better to do with your free time.


I am in love with a 12 year old as a 30 year old man!..THANK YOU for supporting our love!

Obviously sarcasm...

The Chick-Fil-A event of

The Chick-Fil-A event of August first was just a small prelude of what to expect on November sixth!! America is FINALLY seeing the light.

It is coming to light that

It is coming to light that the monkey shine CFL pulled the other day was nothing but a sales gimmick. Some "Sheeple" likely went for it.


It is utterly pathetic that we as a people have stooped to such moronic lows. The LGBT community wants the same rights traditional families have, as they should in a country with freedom of speech, and freedom of religion prevails no law should be made on the basis of one religions ideals. With that said Mr. Cathy is a religious man who happens to run a private company which he and his family have instilled a christian business model to run Chick-Fil-A. He has every right to his ideals and convictions as it pertains to God the Bible, and so on. What Christians need to understand is that everyone doesn't share their viewpoint on "God", Afterlife, etc. and that this country was founded in a manner where people can practice their personal beliefs away from persecution. Recently some factions of the Christian Church has basically waged a war on the LGBT community by holding gay couples to christian standards by lobbying for same sex marriage laws. Many states have adopted these laws including NC based on one religions fear of what the world might become if this act of marriage is tolerated.

It is time for Liberty and Justice for ALL. It is time to stop this judgmental approach by the Christian faith that it's their way or the highway. It's time for everyone to stop what they are doing and realize we live in AMERICA. You shouldn't have to prove your commitment to your faith by purchasing a Chicken Sandwich. And many of the comments listed on this blog really show how the members of the Christian faith really represents themselves... Your not the only religion in this country, and everyone isn't held to your standard. Food for thought.

Homosexuals have the same

Homosexuals have the same rights as heterosexuals, to marry someone of the opposite sex. Homosexuals don't want equal rights, they want special rights. And for your information, not everyone that voted for the marriage amendment are Christians. There are plenty of atheists that believe that homosexuality is unnatural and a perversion. As a Christian, I have the same right as everyone else to go into the booth and vote according to my conscience and my conscience dictates that I cannot condone that which God has condemned under both the old and new covenants.


Your first sentence is a complete contradiction. My point is in a country founded on diverse principles homosexuals should be allowed to marry, benefit from joint healthcare, make healthcare decisions for their partner, benefit from a tax stand point as heterosexual marriages do. The do not want what "special" rights just an even playing field. You see their desire for equality isn't special because somewhere in your warped brainwashed mind you feel threatened that a gay couples could have a loving marriage to rival your own and it turns your stomach... Am I right? I agree people from all walks of life find it hard to accept the fact that two women or two men could love each other, and want to spend their lives together. Just as people in the fifties would have a hard time with interracial relationships. The main problem I have with your above statement is the fact that you are a very uneducated christian as it pertains to your holy book. First off saying I believe in this magical sky wizard the old testament was meant for the Hebrew people, and them only. So as for that section of the Bible it's a good read but holds no bearing on your faith, or your destiny for afterlife. The only mention of it's teaching referenced by Jesus of Nazareth was of the commandments. Now name me which one of the ten disapproves of gay marriage? So we can all agree the old testament is nothing more than a good read... Let's move on to the New Testament... Jesus of Nazareth never made any reference for or against gay marriage... I guess he didn't find it that important to comment on. Lastly there is nothing in the new testament referencing gay unions... So where has God condemned homosexuality? I would really like to know, and way to go eating that chicken sandwich Wednesday to prove you are the most arrogant christians on the planet.

Yes...atheists who believe

Yes...atheists who believe in science would DEFINITELY think that homosexuality (which appears in over 150 animal species) is "unnatural". I'm glad you speak for atheists, too.

To the LGBT Community

"For any one from the LGBT community, it would be hard for us to go out and spend money with a corporation is donating that money to organizations that promote hate," Wilmington Pride's Ryan Burris said.

It's NOT about "promoting hate"...
This is about ONE MANS Religious Beliefs and FIRST ADMENDMENT SPEECH!
When you have several Mayor's (such as $hitcago's Mayor Rahm Emanuel) working to DENY the business to operate in a City(s), Philly et al, because of your speech/Faith, using the .GOV to do, or FORCE everyone else to your "views", or DENY COMMERCE It's just WRONG..
Especially when, Rahm Emanuel invites a known Marxist/Muslim, ( Louis Farrakhan) ...that Supports KILLING the LGBT Community,through HIS beliefs, (Muslim), Move up there with them, you Progressives... Be led into the Oven(s) & Gas Chamber(s)....
NOTE, you Progressives, every time you buy GAS, your supporting Muslim Countries that would be happy to STONE YOU to death.... For being a *LGBT*...
meanwhile, I'm eaten MO Chicken...


Liberal politicians, Hollywood, the liberal media would all have you think that the majority of US citizens are in their favor. I am not so sure about that. This is just one example of people finally speaking out, mostly in favor of free speech (and some for CFA stand on marriage). Maybe there is hope after all!!!