Chick-fil-A supporters will flood the fast food chains restaurants Wednesday not in search of a chicken sandwich, but to make a political statement.
The goal of Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day, as former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has dubbed it, is to stand in solidarity with the company in the wake of its presidents controversial comments against same-sex marriage.
Lets affirm a business that operates on Christian principles and whose executives are willing to take a stand for the Godly values we espouse by simply showing up and eating, an event on Huckabees Facebook page reads.
Too often, those on the left make corporate statements to show support for same sex marriage, abortion, or profanity, but if Christians affirm traditional values, were considered homophobic, fundamentalists, hate-mongers, and intolerant, Huckabees page reads.
The Atlanta-based chain has long been socially conservative, giving millions of dollars to organizations fighting same-sex marriage and supporting heterosexual ones.
Equality Matters, an online investigative organization dedicated to gay and lesbian issues, obtained tax records last year that showed Chick-Fil-As WinShape Foundation donated nearly $2 million to anti-gay organizations in 2010, among other donations throughout the years.
Huckabees Facebook announcement was spurred by New Yorker Carly McGehees plan for a same-sex kiss-in Friday, Aug. 3 at Chick-fil-A locations nationwide. The kiss-in is backed by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.
More than 534,000 people have RSVPd to Huckabees call to arms on Facebook. Rick Santorum emailed supporters last week urging them to attend as well, and Sarah Palin tweeted a picture of her visit to Chick-fil-A earlier this week.
Evangelist Billy Graham will be eating Chick-Fil-A from his Montreat home, a spokesman said Monday.
Chick-fil-A has more than 1,615 locations in 39 states and Washington, D.C.