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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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2015 years 10 months ago

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.

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2015 years 10 months ago

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!!!!!!!

2015 years 10 months ago

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

2015 years 10 months ago

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!

2015 years 10 months ago

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.


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