Chick-fil-A Gains, Loses Customers After Controversial Comment

By: Rashi Vats Email
By: Rashi Vats Email

One fast food chain is getting a lot of attention today by hundreds of old and new customers.

Last month Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy said his company opposes same-sex marriage. The statement is causing controversy throughout the nation.

"I drove from Lexington because this is the closest Chick-fil-A, and I am in support of the president Mr. Cathy,” said Sandra Scherrf, a Lexington resident.

Cathy told the Baptist Press last month that his company supported the "biblical definition of a family." A couple weeks later ‘Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day’ was born. Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee came up with the idea, encouraging Americans to eat at Chick-fil-A today in support of Cathy's statement.

Hundreds of residents in Bryan and College Station waited in line for more than an hour to get their meal in support of Cathy.

"He just had his right to voice his opinion and his values. I feel like being out here and being a part of this and showing that that's what we should all be able to do as Americans,” said Lori Novosad, a Chick-fil-A customer.

But with appreciation day comes the possibility of depreciation in regular Chick-fil-A customers.

"They are probably not losing much by losing me as a customer, but I am sure they have lost a lot of people,” said Autumn Breese, a College Station resident.

Breese says she is giving up the chicken sandwich and waffle fries.

"They have a lot of people out showing support today, but I feel like a lot of those people will forget about this whole controversy in a little bit, but the people he offended won't,” said Breese.

Supporters of same-sex marriage say they will have their say on Friday. They plan a "kiss-in" at Chick-fil-A restaurants across the country, and are encouraging gays and lesbians to share a public display of affection.

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