The lines were long Wednesday at Chick-fil-A — at the food chain’s half-dozen locations in the Indianapolis area, as well as 1,600 others nationally — as its owners’ feud with gay-rights advocates over their stance on same-sex marriage drew an organized show of support.
Hundreds of lunch-goers gathered in the food court at Circle Centre mall, and most seemed to be there to express their support for the company president’s stance in support of traditional rather than same-sex marriage.
Wednesday was proclaimed Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day by conservative commentator and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and others among the food chain’s supporters.
The feud stems from a recent defense by Dan Cathy, son of company founder S. Truett Cathy, of his family’s contributions to conservative family organizations opposed to gay marriage and his vow to stand firm in defending their beliefs. Cathy told the Baptist Press last month that the Atlanta-based company was “guilty as charged” for backing “the biblical definition of a family.”It's important to point out that the restaurant chain has a policy of nondiscrimination towards gays and lesbians. The company's owner has never hidden his Christian views and how he applies his Christian views in the management of the company. It's one of the few restaurant chains in the country that is always closed on Sundays. If someone doesn't want to support the restaurant chain because of the owner's religious or political views, that's their right, but it's clearly a violation of basic civil rights laws when elected officials attempt to use the power of government to punish the company because of their disapproval of the political or religious views of a company's owner. Mayor Emanuel stated that Chick-fil-A's values "were not Chicago values" in announcing that he would block future efforts of the restaurant chain to expand in his city. Yet Emanuel has publicly embraced the Nation of Islam and its controversial leader, Rev. Louis Farrakhan, who has made his anti-Semitic views and opposition to same-sex marriage well known, to assist the city in fighting its skyrocketing murder rate.