LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - A national restaurant chain sees thousands more customers than usual Wednesday, including the Chick-fil-A branch here in Lafayette on State Road 26.
Lines of cars and people have gathered at the State Road 26 Chick-fil-A because of the stance the restaurant's leadership has taken on same-sex marriage.
"I have no problem with a company that has good Christian values," said Tim Fowler.
"I think what Chick-fil-A is doing here is wrong," said Anna Briela.
"Everybody has the right to their own opinion and I believe Chick-fil-A has that right," said Rita Wells.
These were the opinions around Lafayette's Chick-fil-A Wednesday.
It all started back on July 16, when the chain's president and COO Dan Cathy said Chick-fil-A is supportive of the biblical definition of the family unit.
"Marriage is between one man and one woman so I wanted to support him and that's why we are here today," said Cathy supporter, Richard Cromer.
Proponents of same-sex marriage were not happy with his remarks.
A handful of politicians have spoken on the issue including former GOP presidential candidates Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum, who encouraged people to show their support for Chick-fil-A by buying food there Wednesday.
Huckabee dubbed Wednesday "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day."
Pastor Steve Viars of Faith Church mentioned the controversy in Sunday's sermon. He said he always encourages his congregation to stand up for what they believe in. He said the day isn't about gay marriage. It's about freedom.
"I think the real issue isn't about gay marriage. The issue in this particular case has to do with freedom of speech and freedom of religion," said Viars.
Two people Wednesday afternoon exercised their freedom of speech by holding signs in protest. Pride Lafayette spokesperson Ashley Smith said "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day" isn't about freedom.
"It's sickening and it's sad to see your neighbors and your friend go out and support this business. It's not about freedom of speech. It's not about the opinion or what not. It's about bigotry and hate," said Smith.
Whatever your opinion, if you wanted a sandwich from Chick-fil-A Wednesday, you had quite a wait.
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