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A line of cars wrapped around the Alta Arden Expressway Chick-fil-A franchise and spilled onto the streets as Sacramento residents joined in “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day” and showed their support Wednesday for restaurant chain owner Dan Cathy’s statements opposing gay marriage.
The turnout across the nation pushed the restaurant chain to record sales, according to a Fox News report, but restaurant owner Dan Cathy declined to discuss sales figures from Wednesday’s nationwide eat-in.
At the local Chick-fil-A restaurant, security guards kept the press off the restaurant property, and drive-through customers waited nearly 30 minutes before receiving their food.
Nearby Alta Arden resident Candice Moses said seeing all the cars made her come over to see what all the fuss is about.
“I’m not a fast-food person, but it’s cool to know what’s happening in my own backyard,” Moses said. “It’s cool to see all this support.”
Despite the LGBT community’s disagreement with the Chick-fil-A corporate stance on gay marriage, there weren’t any local protests in the community, because franchise owners of the Sacramento location are members of the Rainbow Chamber of Commerce – a core supporter of the local LGBT community, according to local activist Ken Pierce.
Jessica Morse, of the Sierra College Rainbow Alliance, told KCRA news that anyone who eats at Chick-fil-A is helping to fund anti-gay groups.
"Every time somebody buys from Chick-fil-A, the money goes to anti-gay organizations that also give misinformation out," she said. "I am a Christian and I happen to be part of the LGBT community, and I disagree with Chick-fil-A."
Yesterday’s Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day was a response to a call to action posted on Facebook by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee “to take a stand for the Godly values we espouse by simply showing up and eating at Chick Fil-A” on Wednesday. Thousands of people took him up on the invitation either in person at one of the chain’s 1600-plus locations, or by making a statement of support online via Twitter or Facebook.
Cathy told the Los Angeles Times that Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day was not created by the restaurant.
“We appreciate all of our customers and are glad to serve them at any time,” Cathy said in a statement to the Times.
Facebook user Amy Gulick left a comment with a different take on our Facebook page.
"Great, like Americans need another excuse to flock to fast food nastiness," she said.
Sacramento Press editorial intern Ebony Jeffries contributed to this story.