The nationwide media storm over the anti-gay-marriage stance by the president of Chick-fil-A came home to roost in the St. Louis area last week as local stores saw record traffic and huge crowds.
Most of the visitors said they supported the stance taken by Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy in the Biblical Recorder on gay marriage. Later, in an interview on the topic, Cathy said: "As it relates to society in general, I think we are inviting God's judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say, 'We know better than You as to what constitutes a marriage.'"
On Wednesday, a day conservative commentators dedicated toward showing support for Chick-fil-A, crowds gathered at the restaurant in the Chesterfield Valley and in Arnold. The chain has seven locations in the St. Louis area, including a store in Des Peres on Manchester Road and at the West County Center; one in St. Peters at the Mid Rivers Mall; one in O'Fallon; and one at St. Louis University.
The debate hasn't entirely been civil. Someone spray-painted "Tastes Like Hate" on the side of a Chick-fil-A restaurant near Redondo Beach, CA.
However, officials from the company said they saw record sales on Wednesday, dubbed “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day." Opponents of the chain's stand on gay marriage planned "Same Sex Kiss" day for Friday.
Do you agree with Dan Cathy's stated position on gay marriage? Even if you don't, do you have a problem with he and his company taking a position on the subject? If you disagree, is that enough to drive you away from eating there?