Posted: Aug 1, 2012 6:42 PM by Steven Albritton
Updated: Aug 1, 2012 6:43 PM
Chick-Fil-A National Appreciation Day saw huge crowds visit Lafayette stores. Last month company president Dan Cathy made statements to the Baptist Press that his company backed the biblical definition of a family. This sparked criticism of Chick-Fil-A. Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee wanted to show his support for Cathy by starting up this appreciation day.
The store on Ambassador Caffery saw over 700 orders placed between doors opening and 1 p.m. During that time driving from Johnston Street to the store took some people more than an hour; while others had to wait for food for 30 to 45 minutes.
But the day was more about support than eating chicken.
"I actually agree with those comments so I thought it would be a great day to come out and support Chick-Fil-A. I don't think anything they said was wrong. They kind of have some of the same values that I have," Rickey Carroll said.
Others echoed Carroll's remarks.
"If you can't believe the bible, what can you believe?," Adam Mouton said.
Mouton proudly stood out in front of the store holding his American Flag, waving back to those who honked driving by. He is retired from the U.S. Army.
"This is an American business that believes in our traditions and our constitution," Mouton said.
One mother even brought her kids to the store with signs showing support. She says she and her kids all believe the same and are against gay marriage, even though she has had gay friends.
"For a professional to be able to get out there and support his beliefs and just saying what he believes marriage is; that's what we're teaching our children and that's what we believe in," LeAnna Boudreaux said.
Others merely came out to support the issue of free speech and making sure those rights are protected.
"I'm supporting freedom of speech and I think the president that made his statement about supporting traditional marriage has his right to an opinion; just as the government has the right to supporting gay marriages," Mechelle Guidry said.
This Friday opponents of today's appreciation will be holding a "Kiss Mor Chiks" event at Chick-Fil-A stores. They are hoping to get people to kiss other people of the same sex across the country.