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Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day Brings Out Traditional Marriage and Free Speech Supporters In Droves

Ariel Walden,

No matter which one you go to, the Chick-Fil-A stores here in Lubbock are always jam-packed. But yesterday, I guarantee you they saw way more business than they ever thought possible.

This Wednesday was Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day, an event created by former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee. The restaurant chain has fallen under serious fire after the company’s president Truett Cathy sated that he supported the “biblical definition of marriage.” That little comment has led to outright outrage from the left, and more than a few mayors calling to ban the franchises from doing business in their cities, and what seems like thousands people calling to boycott the franchise yesterday.

But what happened yesterday was anything but a boycott. I visited two Chick-Fil-A locations yesterday: the Slide road location with KFYO’s Chad Hasty and Allen Corbin, and the mall location with my family. And both locations were filled to capacity and beyond. At the Slide location alone, I must have seen nearly 30 cars circled twice around the drive thru, and a massive crowd inside the store. And even better, there were many people who were buying sandwiches not just for themselves, but for their businesses and organizations as well.  One person even walked out with at least 6 boxes full of chicken for his business. No doubt Chick-Fil-A had an exceptional day yesterday.

You know, this whole Chick-Fil-A fiasco has been going on for a few weeks now, and to be perfectly honest, I still don’t get why everyone’s so ticked off at them. It’s no secret that Chick-Fil-A is, and always has been, a Christian organization. So should it really come as a shock to the nation when the president of the company says he’s against gay marriage? It’s not like he banned gay people from the restaurant, or that he said they were evil and hated them. All he did was give an honest response to a question. What’s wrong with that?

My view on this whole mess boils down to this: if the folks who support gay marriage can openly and freely express their view, the folks who support the traditional view should have the same right. Freedom of speech works both ways, for the left AND for the right. And as I found out yesterday, freedom of speech never tasted so good.

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