Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day draws supporters: Will you eat more chicken -- or less?

chick-fil-a-appreciation-day-gay-marriage-gi.jpgThe strong reaction to Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy's comments supporting the "biblical definition of the family unit" has been split between those protesting the company's opposition to same-sex marriage and those in support of Chick-fil-A's values or simply its first amendment rights. And many of those supporters lined up in droves Wednesday (Aug. 1) at the fast food restaurant's locations nationwide for Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee led the charge by announcing the celebration on his Facebook page last week. Chick-fil-A restaurants across the country reported long lines and patient crowds who didn't mind waiting ( see NPR's roundup).

The Associated Press even reports that "a spokeswoman for the Rev. Billy Graham says the 93-year-old evangelist ate a Chick-fil-A lunch, including a chicken sandwich and waffle fries, at his North Carolina home."

Showing a different kind of support, though, is a New Hampshire Chick-fil-A franchise manager, who is donating sandwiches to an upcoming gay rights festival to demonstrate that the Chick-fil-A culture "is to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect -- regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender."

Meanwhile, GLAAD has scheduled National Same-Sex Kiss Day -- or Kiss Mor Chiks Day -- for Friday (Aug. 3), when gay couples are encouraged to go to Chick-fil-A and pucker up as a means of protest. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals also plans to stage its own protests at Chick-fil-A for both its gay marriage opposition and its treatment of chickens.

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