People lined up out both doors at the Springhurst Chick-fil-A.
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The battle surrounding a popular fast food chain and their stance against gay marriage heated up Wednesday. Chick-fil-A restaurants across Kentuckiana had lines out the door and down the street all day. Many of those were there not just to eat, but support the company.
"It's alright to have your thoughts, express how you feel, how you want to live, but it works both ways," said Middletown resident Janie Wilson whose husband regularly eats at the restaurant. On Wednesday, she decided to tag along to make a statement with her presence.
Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee declared Wednesday Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day after gay rights groups announced their outrage with owner Dan Cathy's public support of groups against gay-marriage.
When Darren Morgen, with the Kentucky Equality Federation, saw the lines at the stores he said "it hurts me, just as I think it would hurt Christ himself, to see people being excluded for who they are."
Morgen said he was a big fan of Chick-fil-A and wishes he could enjoy a chicken sandwich too. "It's delicious, but it's hard to swallow with a message of hate behind it."
While many say their support of Chick-fil-A is about a message, or free speech, groups like the Fairness Campaign said what is happening with the restaurant has gone beyond just words.
"When a corporation's profits to the tune of nearly $5 million are spent specifically to prohibit equal civil rights for a segment of an American population, in this case Lesibian, Gay, Bysexual and Transgender, that is a clear discriminatory practice," explained Chris Hartman.
That is one reason he has not eaten at any of their stores for years. The question now, will Chick-fil-A come out ahead or behind thanks to the words and actions of its owner.
By Wednesday night several groups in support of same-sex marriage planned protests at Chick-fil-A stores across the state of Kentucky.
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