Skip to content

Chick-fil-A draws support

Chick-fil-A draws support
Chick-fil-A draws support | Chick-fil-A, Sodexo

Dale Royster of Martin came to Chick-fil-a on the “Appreciation Day” Wednesday to buy some Chick-fil-a original chicken sandwiches for himself and his wife.
For those people who came out in droves to spend a few bucks at their local Chick-fil-A Wednesday, it was about more than just chicken that prompted their support.
Several weeks ago, Mike Huckabee, a noted conservative from Arkansas and former presidential candidate, inspired a large number of people to join a movement that grew in masses. Chick-fil-A founder Truett Cathy started the company when he was 46 years old. Recently, CEO and Truett’s son Dan Cathy announced his belief that marriage should be between one man and woman.
Since then, conversations have been started on the Internet and through major media outlets. Huckabee said he stands with the family’s Christian values and pushed for a “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day,” which was met with more than 640,000 people standing with that effort nationally on Wednesday.
“I ask you to join me in speaking out on Wednesday, Aug. 1 “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day. No one is asked to make signs, speeches, or openly demonstrate. The goal is simple: let’s affirm a business that operates on Christian principals and whose executives are willing to take a stand for the Godly values we espouse by simply showing up and eating at Chick-fil-A … ,” Huckabee noted on Facebook.
Chick-fil-A does not open on Sundays.
At Sodexo’s Chick-fil-A, located on the campus of the University of Tennessee at Martin, customers lined the Boling Center waiting patiently for their turn in support of the restaurant Wednesday afternoon. Close to 1,000 people locally joined in that effort, boosting the restaurant’s average of nearly 50 customers each day.
According to Sodexo general manager Benjamin Long, the UT Martin campus Chick-fil-a normally has around 50 people in a day over the summer.
Blake Dover of Columbia heard about the event from his friend, Brittany Lyell of Rives. Dover is taking summer classes at UT Martin and has kept up with the discussion in the news regarding the Chick-fil-a controversy.
“I’m just here to support Chick-fil-a’s founding beliefs basically,” said Dover.
Lyell heard about the event on Facebook.
“They have the right to their opinion, so they should express what they truly believe,” said Lyell.
After waiting in the long line, Lyell planned to get a peach milkshake and Dover planned to get a small vanilla milkshake with some fries.
The restaurant typically opens at 10 a.m. and closes at 2 p.m. during the week in the summer months. It wasn’t until 2:30 Wednesday when the last customers finally purchased their food.
While people across the county showed up intentionally in support of the “Appreciation Day,” some were just there to eat.
Johnathan Nunley and Charity Curry didn’t know about the event until they arrived to grab lunch. After hearing that it was an appreciation day for the fast-food chain, they changed their minds and decided not to eat at Chick-fil-A.
“My plan is to marry a woman, but if two people of the same sex want to marry, I can’t do anything about it,” said Nunley. “I don’t want to give in to all the hype.”
“I think it’s impressive to see that this has such an impact,” said Curry after looking around at the large crowd. “People came from all over Weakley County and they used the media to build up the event. I think it [they hype] could be used for something more beneficial like education.”
On the opposite side of the spectrum, people across the nation in support of same-sex marriage are being called to visit a Chick-fil-A Friday and publicly, but conservatively kiss for “National Same-Sex Kiss Day.” This movement was reportedly started three days after Dan Truett’s comments on national television.
The group behind the movement, Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), is asking people to take and post photos and videos to the Internet from Friday’s event.

WCP 8.02.13

Leave a Comment