OKLAHOMA CITY — Opinions are strong and lines are long and metro Chick-Fil-A restaurants Wednesday.
Former Arkansas Gorvernor Mike Huckabee declared Aug.1 Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day after the restaurant CEO came under fire for supporting traditional marriage.
Wednesday people packed restaurant parking lots and drive-thrus.
Chick-Fil-A Supporters, like Kyle Coulter, braved scorching temperatures for the cause.
“They are private business owners and they are, I guess, walking the walk,” he said.
Others, like Larry Taylor, said they were there to make sure our American rights were protected.
“It’s not against gays, it’s not for gays, it’s about freedom of speech, freedom of belief,” he said.
Whitney Gonzales patiently waited in the drive-thru for another reason.
“I’m also here to support employees because all this nonsense, all it’s doing is causing problems for their jobs.”
However, many, like gay activist Scott J. Hamilton from the Cimarron Alliance, were severely disappointed.
“It’s sad that this company spends millions of dollars to deny the rights of gays and lesbians in the United States. We believe that’s doing great harm not just to gay people in this country but to our society as a whole,” he said.
Opponents of Chick-Fil-A’s stance are planning “Kiss Mor Chiks” for Friday.
They are asking people of the same sex to show up to restaurants and kiss each other.