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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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