POLL: Will You Be Joining in Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day?

Or will you be boycotting the controversial chicken chain because of the company owner's beliefs on same-sex marriage?

Chick-Fil-A is a fast food restaurant known for its whole chicken breast sandwiches, waffle fries, and homemade cole slaw.

Today it's going to be known as the center of a minor political storm when a lot of people go out of their way to buy lunch or dinner there as a show of solidarity with the embattled chicken chain. Or for those who oppose the chicken retailer's political stances, it'll be a day of boycotts and possible protests.

Wednesday, August 1, is "Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day," so says former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. He's hoping that tea partiers, including members from the , and other First Amendment stalwarts will put their money where their opinions are and buy up Chick-Fil-A items today.

There are two Chick-Fil-A stores in the Woodbridge area: at Menlo Park Mall and at . Many of 1,615 franchises in 39 states are located in malls, although there are some free-standing stores in New Jersey.

The tempest began several weeks ago when Chick-Fil-A executive Dan Cathy said in a radio interview that he supports the concept of traditional marriage, versus same-sex marriage. Gay rights groups, activists, and supporters have been attacking Cathy and the chicken chain, even to the point where some politicians, like Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, have been trying to stop Chick-Fil-A from opening franchises in their cities.

Tea partiers have taken up the Chick-Fil-A banner, and Huckabee - who ran for the Republican nomination for president four years ago - jumped on the bandwagon with the Appreciation Day.

The idea is to make an effort to patronize Chick-Fil-A stores today, as a show of support for Cathy and his company's right to express what they say is a dissenting opinion.

Over the years, Chick-Fil-A has drawn attention from various groups hostile to the privately-held company's Christian beliefs. The Atlanta-based family-owned firm, for example, has never allowed its stores to be open on Sunday. That was the idea of company founder Truett Cathy, the firm says on their website, when he opened the first store in 1946.

The concept of being closed on Sunday was practical as well as spiritual: they wanted employees to "have an opportunity to rest, spend time with family and friends, and worship if they choose to do so", Chick-Fil-A says.

So far, over 577,000 fans on the Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day Facebook page say they'll be loading up on chicken sandwiches and waffle fries today.

Will you patronize Chick-Fil-A today, or will you avoid it because of the company owner's political beliefs? Post and tell us what you think.

Ann peters August 01, 2012 at 10:31 AM
I have many gays in my family, brother, sister etc. who cares how he feels about gay marriage. I think gay marriage is not important.
Jean August 01, 2012 at 12:09 PM
Why doesn't Mr. Cathy have the right to express his opinion? In no way is he effecting the rights of those who support gay marriage.
Brooke August 01, 2012 at 02:08 PM
Cathy absolutely has the right to express his opinion. However, the company donates money to known anti-gay groups and organizations that have been classified as hate groups -- I don't want my money going to support those causes.
Wood S Rider August 01, 2012 at 02:41 PM
then don't go, just the same as an offensive radio or TV program, if you don't like it, change the channel, oh boy, that Chick-Fil-A is a great place, food is a lot better than McDonalds, Burger King, I wish continued success to them, I wonder if they are on the stock exchange.
Deborah Bell (Editor) August 01, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Chick-Fil-A is a privately owned family business.
Sara August 01, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Where's the, "No, their food sucks," choice? They had it at my college during orientation eons ago. I wasn't a fan when I ate it and I was even less of a fan when it resurfaced later that night. I boycott due to mental and physical distress. LOL
BobDee August 01, 2012 at 05:37 PM
This is a non-issue meant to distract, also another tactic progressives use, If you disagree with them your somehow a "hate group." Will this nonsense ever end?
Steverino August 01, 2012 at 06:26 PM
I support freedom of speech and association so of course I went today. I'm also for gay marriage, freedom and equality for all. And Mr. Cathey didn't just come out and say he was anti-gay marriage, he was asked (cornered) a question in an interview and gave his honest answer. The lamestream media is making this out like he got on his soapbox and pontificated unprovoked against gay marriage.
Ted Pastuszak Jr. August 01, 2012 at 07:05 PM
Perhaps "Cluck-U" Day would be more appropriate for Woodbridge to celebrate, given that one of their franchises is located in our town. I don't have a clue as to their politics (or even the source of their birds, for that matter), and that's probably a good thing.
Joe August 01, 2012 at 08:33 PM
Never patronized Chick-Fil-A. Will be there tonight and in the future if I like it. Joe - Fords
Gary Charwin August 01, 2012 at 09:26 PM
I never was as happy to wait on a very long line as I was today. The place was packed and the drive-up window waqs blocking traffic at the Hamilton Chick-Fil-A! Score one for Free Speech.
Mr. C August 02, 2012 at 12:12 AM
I guess the "progressives", including the mayors of Chicago, Boston and San Francisco think that the 1st ammendment is only for them and people who believe in the same things they do. Can we please stop being "politically correct" in this country.
So Much to Say August 02, 2012 at 02:13 AM
I don't care if you like the food or not. We have rights that are protected by the FIRST AMMENDMENT. God Bless those rights. The Supreme Court blessed those right. Our Forefathers gave us those rights. If you don't like what the man said.....TOO FREAKEN BAD!!!!!!
Conni Spellman August 02, 2012 at 02:50 PM
I have no problem with Mr Cathy and his right to free speech. But as Brooke said, he donates money to hate groups. I enjoy Chick Fil A, but I will no longer go to their restaurants because I will not support those causes.
Jersey Girl August 04, 2012 at 01:50 PM
If everyone who supported Chick fil A on Wednesday thinks they were there to support "Free Speech", they are mistaken. Mr Cathy has the American right to say what ever he wishes, but so do those who chose to boycott. They were exercising their right to speak out against a company whose values they disagree with. What about Free Speech for all? It seems all these people were really standing up for what Mr. Cathy believes over what those boycotting believe. This is obviously not about freedom of speech. Very Sad.
Katy Lake August 04, 2012 at 02:16 PM
Jersey, what are you talking about?? Of course it was about freedom of speech, the freedom of the Chick-Fil-A owner to say what he wants. You don't like it? Don't patronize the store. But a lot of people do support the First Amendment, and that is why they were there on Wednesday.
Jersey Girl August 04, 2012 at 02:24 PM
What you are failing to see is that this all started because others who were exercising there right to free speech, decided to boycott. All I am saying is that EVERYONE in this country has that same right. Free Speech for All.
Katy Lake August 04, 2012 at 02:33 PM
I still don't see what your problem is. So what that it started because leftists decided to boycott Chick-Fil-A? That's irrelevant. Leftists are always boycotting something or other. The real news is that average people who never march or protest or publicly boycott anything chose to do something positive and proactive and patronize Chick-Fil-A to show they supported the company CEO's First Amendment rights. I'm glad you recognize that 'everyone' has the same First Amendment rights. You wouldn't get that impression from reading much of the leftwing media coverage of this event.
soledad reynolds August 13, 2012 at 12:51 PM
this country is a free country and people die to get in illegally here. the CEO of that company has free speech same as all Americans. If you like the product, which by the way is very good, you should not care about this thoughts, care about the people who serve you in the restaurant because they are the best servers especially the ones at Woodbridge Mall site in Woodbridge NJ
Mr. Teddy April 09, 2013 at 06:25 PM
We are all entitled to our opinions up to a point. Gays are entitled to a legal union which gets them the same benefits as married people. That's part of our system. They are not entitled to call it a marriage which is an affront to most religions and all the happily married people in the world. Gay marriage does not and will not exist just because some weak politician needs more votes to stay in office and con more people. This is a moral and religious issue beyond the rights of man to interfere with.
soledad reynolds April 10, 2013 at 03:50 AM
More power to the Chick- fil -A owner. I shared his views about Sunday rest for the workers as well as the traditional marriage. I wish people just live with one another in a peaceful, tranquil way. We are all God"s children. Chick Fil A sandwiches are really yummy too!!


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