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Chick-fil-A Gets Appreciation in Suwanee

The restaurant chain has been embroiled in controversy recently.

Updated Aug. 4, 2012

Chick-fil-A usually never lacks for appreciation, and it got plenty in Suwanee on Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day, Aug. 1.

Several people who patronized one of the Suwanee locations of the restaurant chain Wednesday were aware of the controversy, and they indicated that the situation was a factor in their decision to come that day.

Patty Smith Hall said that Chick-fil-A and its atmosphere was a reason that she moved back to the Suwanee area from Michigan in 2009. "It's the only place I can get sweet tea," she said.

Did you make a special trip to Chick-fil-A on Aug. 1? Why or why not? Tell us in the comments below.

Of course, she is aware of the same-sex marriage controversy that has surrounded Chick-fil-A recently, which prompted former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee to set up a Facebook page proclaiming it Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day. That was to support the view of marriage espoused by company executive Dan Cathy.

Chick-fil-A long has touted biblical principles as a cornerstone of its business philosophy. For instance, company restaurants always are closed on Sunday, so that employees do not have to work on that day.

"No one should be forced into political correctness because of the way the majority feels," Hall said of Cathy's stance. "... It's part of freedom of speech."

Roger Stanton, a regular patron of the Moore Road restaurant, said it was a "false controversy."

Stanton labeled himself a "live and let live person ... but not when it comes to undermining institutions that have been around for centuries." He said he does not support gay marriage, but has "no objection" to civil unions.

"The issue is primarily about free speech."

Donna Schmid, who was dining with husban David, said she "appreciates (Chick-fil-A) standards."

"What difference does (the company's beliefs) make? It's a business decision."

Brad Williams, a manager at the Moore Road restaurant, said the company expected a sales bump Wednesday because of the so-called Appreciation Day.

Another public demonstration at Chick-fil-A is possible Friday, Aug. 3. The Fund for the Public Interest, has called for a National Same-Sex Kiss Day at Chick-fil-A.

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John Hogan August 02, 2012 at 08:17 PM
Jack, the several municipalities which are holding up business licenses to Chick-fil-A are not doing so on the basis of Mr. Cathy's feeling against same sex marriage, but upon information (or lack thereof) that the franchises might discriminate in their hiring. And it is my understanding that he was, at best, equivocal, when asked if he would hire an openly gay person. I believe that the fallicy of much of the antagonism against same sex marriages is the erroneous belief that it is a threat to "traditional" marriage, by those who believe that being gay is a lifestyle choice. Allowing gay marriage is not going to create any drop in the birthrate, nor is the "government" going to force anyone into a gay marriage. Gay people in a loving, commited relationship don't want us to change our religious or moral views - they just want to be able to enjoy the same rights heterosexuals have - particularly with regard to Constitutionally protected rights not to suffer illegal discrimination.
Susan Edwards August 03, 2012 at 04:51 PM
I agree with Jack. This whole issue is about free speech and freedom of religion. Each person had a right to express their thoughts and feeling about what they think is right. I have not seen any boycotters with signs and chants at Starbucks, Target, JCP, Ben and Jerry's because they favor same sex marriage. Why is this one company (Chik Fil A) being singled out for a boycott? Is it because one of the execs had the audacity to state his beliefs? We are free to speak our minds only if we agree with you? I don't think that's right. And the throngs of people who showed up at Chik fil A on August 1st seem to agree with me.
bob August 06, 2012 at 09:25 PM
Pretty sad that the editor uses wikipedia as a source. I suspect that that is probably taught in journalism these days. Whatever is convenient, eh Steve?
Steve Burns August 06, 2012 at 10:11 PM
To bob: I re-read this, and do not see that I used wikipedia as a source for this article. However, I've willingly used it for others. It's a respected organization by many.
bob August 06, 2012 at 11:06 PM
Wikipedia is a site that can be edited on a whim without oversight. If you're comfortable with being lazy................ You used wikipedia as a buttress. Pathetic that you're dodging the isssue, a typical liberal trait. Spin it all you want, but it smacks of intellectual laziness and a lack of journalistic rigor. Though maybe I'm assigning too much to say that anything about you is indicative of journalism. I guess that I'm asking too much.

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