Oklahomans Turn Out In Droves For Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day
OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahomans who say they oppose same-sex marriage and support statements by the company's CEO lined up in the 112 degree heat on Wednesday to send a message.
"They have said that they will serve anybody and I really think they treat people equally. They just believe in traditional marriage and that's the way I feel too," said Chick-fil-A patron, Ann Sorrels.
Sorrels made those remarks while heading into an Edmond Chick-fil-A restaurant with her daughters. People waited patiently and took cue from the company's slogan by eating more chicken.
"It takes a lot of guts to stand behind his conviction. I don't think [city] mayors should ban his stores just because he has a view on marriage. I want to show my support and the least I can do is grab a sandwich," said Promise Igwe.
"Appreciation Day" was organized by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who used Facebook and social media to ask fans to support the Christian chain after CEO Dan Cathy came under fire for opposing gay marriage. Even local churches participated.
"I have told my congregation, ‘We are called to love everyone.' We love gays. We love lesbians. [That] doesn't mean we agree with their lifestyle, but I'm not casting stones at anyone," said Pastor Scott White of Lone Star Baptist Church.
Chick-fil-A reps wouldn't talk on camera, but issued a statement saying:
"Going forward, our intent is to leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena."
On Friday, supporters of gay marriage will have a "kiss-in" at Chick-fil-A restaurants across the country.