Massive Effort to Support Chick-fil-A
Reporter: Carleigh Griffeth
Lynchburg, VA- If you joined the movement Wednesday, you had a lot of company. Across the country, people waited through long lines to place their orders and show their support over the whole marriage controversy.
Some Lynchburg Chick-fil-A restaurants got so much business, they actually ran out of chicken! We talked to crowds at those restaurants Wednesday. As the day went on, the crowds just kept getting bigger and bigger. And these diners weren't just craving a chicken sandwich. They were out to prove a point.
It was the same story all day long. Folks coming out to show their support of Chick-Fil-A President Dan Cathy, and his belief in the, "biblical definition of a family unit."
"I'm a Christian also and I believe that marriage is between one man and one woman. And that's what the Bible teaches us. And that's why I'm here" said Barbara Farley, a Chick-fil-A supporter.
Others support Cathy's right to his own opinion.And respect Cathy for expressing his views, when he knew they might not make him very popular.
"I appreciate the fact that Dan Cathy's willing to stand up for what he believes in. And to me it's ironic that those that fight so hard for free speech are fighting against his freedom of speech," said Steve Edwards, another Chick-fil-A supporter.
But Mr. Cathy has plenty of people upset with him. One university in Kentucky is even trying to kick the restaurant off its campus. Students at the University of Louisville have gotten more than 1,200 signatures through an online petition to have the restaurant removed.
"Our responsibility is to take these opportunities and make them teaching moments and learning moments. And the message here is tolerance must work both ways," said James Ramsey, President of the University of Louisville.
The controversy is far from over. In response to Chick-fil-A appreciation day, same-sex couples are planning a nationwide "kiss-in" for Friday at Chick-Fil-A's across the country.