Fans and protesters flock to Chick-fil-A

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Rarely has the choice of fast food said more about a person's politics than Wednesday. Some people flocked to Chick-fil-A for the food while others made a statement.

Cars lines wrapped around the building at Chick-Fil-A stores in Miami and Dallas all day Wednesday. These scenes were similar to the scene in Baton Rouge. It was all part of an initiative started by former GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee to support the company president's public stance against same-sex marriage.

"It's a sad day when a man can't voice his views. He wasn't like in a public setting, as far as being on the state capitol, somewhere preaching. He just spoke his own personal views," said Leah Pearce, a Baton Rouge restaurant supporter.

"That's all this is about is the taking away our freedom of speech," said Jeannene Kogler of Baton Rouge.

People across the nation expressed similar views while they waited in line for their chicken sandwich and fries.

"I'm supporting Mr. Cathy and his views, his biblical views. And it's not necessarily his views, it's God's views and we're just agreeing with him today," said Deborah Williams of Georgia.

At the same time, others gathered in opposition of Dan Cathy and his company's beliefs.

"It's a terrible policy. It's terrible business," said a woman against the Cathy's beliefs.

"I just think you have to be careful when you're dealing with the public that you just can't get into any controversial issues," said a man who did not agree with Cathy's statement.

A controversy that city leaders in Chicago and Boston did not want to be a part of. They urged the company not to move to their city.

"Baton Rouge values are not Chicago's values because there's a lot of people here, and I was glad to stand in line to support a cause that I believe is good," said Dennis Wilson, who drove to Baton Rouge from Mississippi for the event.

The restaurant released a statement making it clear that it did not initiate the appreciation event, but thanked customers for their support.  The controversy will likely continue this Friday. Same sex couples plan to counter the appreciation day with a "Kiss-In" at Chick-fil-A stores across the country.

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