(CNN) -- Throngs of people weighed in on the Chick-fil-A debate at stores across the United States on Wednesday, buying chicken sandwiches to show their support for the restaurant chain and its president's opposition to same-sex marriage.
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee dubbed it "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day." [...]
On a Facebook page Huckabee created announcing the event, more than 620,000 people said they would participate.
"The goal is simple: Let's 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 at Chick Fil-A on Wednesday, August 1," wrote Huckabee, a former pastor.
Lines snaked around a Chick-fil-A in Dallas, CNN affiliate WFAA reported. Patrons packed a Chick-fil-A in Smyrna, Georgia. A food court with a Chick-fil-A was flooded in Laurel, Mississippi.
On Facebook, fans posted photos of themselves holding bags emblazoned with the restaurant chain's bright red logo. [...]
Roger Cates told iReport he had lunch at Chick-fil-A in Owensboro, Kentucky, and planned to return with his family for dinner. Political leaders who have criticized the chain, like the mayors of Boston and Chicago, are hypocritical, he said.
"I think it is ironic that the so-called forces of tolerance and inclusion are calling for the exclusion of Chick-fil-A from cities simply because of the beliefs of their chairman. ... People that disagree with me have a right to their opinion, and I have a right to mine," he said.
In Oklahoma, Tim Tibbles told iReport that many braved hot weather to show their support for the restaurant.
"It's 109 degrees here, and people have been standing outside for well over an hour. Nobody is complaining or talking about the controversy. They're showing quiet support," he said.
Andy Kives drove 45 minutes each way Wednesday morning to get breakfast for his employees.
The liberal media keeps hoping that counter-protests, such as the call for a gay "kiss-in" at Chick-fil-A restaurants on Friday, will outshine this quiet but forceful show of support from traditional Americans for traditional marriage. They will be wrong, but expect them to run banner headlines if a dozen or so gay couples actually show up on Friday, and to give that story three times the coverage they gave this one, because they are not neutral observers, but agitators in favor of the redefinition of marriage themselves.
In honor of those who participated in Chick-fil-A appreciation day, here's that Tim Hawkins comedy video I shared last January:
Those who think that the imposition of gay "marriage" on this nation is a foregone conclusion might want to consider whether or not they have just awakened a sleeping giant.