Hundreds Gather in Support of Chick-fil-A, Traditional Marriage

Hundreds of Murrieta residents stood in line for up to an hour today as part of “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day."

Hundreds of Murrieta residents showed support for the restaurant chain today by celebrating “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.”

Backing up traffic on Madison Avenue, those waiting in the drive-through and or standing in line were wrapped around the building, with wait times for both at more than an hour.

“I’d wait all day and all night if I had to,” said Murrieta resident Echo Davenport, 62. She and her daughter Sierra, 22, opted for the drive-through and had already been waiting for 30 minutes before they reached the parking lot.  

Advocated by former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, now a TV and radio show host, he used his Facebook page to generate support for “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day”.

His outcry came after Chick-fil-A  President Dan Cathy—son of company founder S. Truett Cathy—responded to a question about the restaurant chain's support of the traditional family in a new interview with the Baptist Press.

Additionally, the Huffington Post, reported the company has been under scrutiny of late for published reports of Chick-fil-A's charitable work that found the fast food chain donated nearly $2 million to anti-gay groups in 2010.

According to the story on Huffington Post, he went on to note, "We are very much supportive of the family—the biblical definition of the family unit…we know that it might not be popular with everyone, but thank the Lord, we live in a country where we can share our values and operate on biblical principles.”

Many in attendance agreed.

"It’s not about gay marriage, it’s about the freedom of speech,” said Menifee resident Ray Patterson, 33. He made the trek to support Cathy. “There is no hatred here [at Chick-fil-A]; he never said gays could not eat here, just he believed in traditional marriage."

Mike Rull, 28, also from Menifee, agreed and admires Cathy for his beliefs and the courage to stand by them.

“It’s hard to stand up for what you believe in and harder to stick by it, especially when it’s not popular.”

Although the lines were long, no one minded waiting to show there solidarity to the chain. Friends were made, smiles were seen and supporters chose to let the line speak for itself. 

At the time of this posting, no one in attendance was there to protest the event.

Jenny Jones of the Murrieta Chick-fil-A location, refused to comment. 

Michelle August 03, 2012 at 05:51 PM
Mike August 04, 2012 at 04:13 AM
Yes, gotta love Dourk's comment about the chicken.... Because he is right!!!
Mike August 04, 2012 at 04:35 AM
Brash & Michelle: So, if someone disagrees with your opinion they are "idiots" and "fascists". I personally take offense to your bigotry and discrimination. I am neither an idiot or a fascist, nor am I a christian. I am, however, a strong supporter of our Constitution, which I suggest you both should read. The very first thing it does is give us the right to freedom of speech, which you both have exercised and I respect that. However, what I find to be ironic, is that if someone disagrees with your point of view, they are labeled as a "bigot" and as a somone who "discriminates". Their is no proof that Chick-Fil-A does either. Why do you feel you have to call someone names such as "idiot" and fascist"? Quite frankly, fascists did away with religion and persecuted Jews, as well as homosexuals, gypsies and others who they felt were not "pure", so I really do not understand your point. I would say that you both are guilty of the same thing you accuse christians of; bigotry and discrimination.
Brash Brazen August 04, 2012 at 10:03 PM
Any group of "self-righteous simpletons" who attempt to or succeeds in infringing upon the rights of others because of their "beliefs" deserves not only our disgust & disrespect,but a well aimed kick in their posteriors as well !
Ernie August 05, 2012 at 06:45 PM
am pretty sure the business is owned by a private business owner as part of a franchise and not owned by a religious group


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