Supporters of Chick-fil-A are flooding into Michiana's restaurants today to show support for an executive's comments about gay marriage.
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a Baptist minister, declared Wednesday national "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day."
Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy told the Baptist Press last month that the Atlanta-based company was "guilty as charged" for backing "the biblical definition of a family." That unleashed a torrent of criticism from gay rights groups and others, who have called for boycotts and efforts to block the chain from opening new stores.
"We are closing in on 500,000 attendees for Chick fil-A Appreciation day," Huckabee said on his Facebook page this week, urging other like-minded individuals to continue to get the word out about the counter-protest.
Hundreds of people were seen standing in line outside Chick-fil-A restaurants in South Bend and Mishawaka today to support the company's stand.
Opponents of the company's stance are planning "Kiss Mor Chiks" for Friday, when they are encouraging people of the same sex to show up at Chick-fil-A restaurants around the country and kiss each other.
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(Associated Press contributed to this story)