Former Governor Mike Huckabee created Chick fil-A Appreciation Day Wednesday to support the company, its chief executive’s controversial stance on gay marriage, and most importantly, the right of free speech that is protected under the Constitution of the United States. The free speech controversy started when several politicians openly stated that they would block Chick fil-A from entering their markets based solely on the CEO’s position on what constitutes a marriage.
The response in Dallas and around the country has been remarkable. Thousands ate yesterday at Chick fil-A, waiting in long lines without complaint. Our wait was about 30 minutes.
GLADD is planning a “National Same-Sex Kiss Day at Chick-fil-A” on Friday. Couples who disagree with Dan Cathey’s view on marriage are being encouraged to take a photo or video of couples kissing at a Chick fil-A store.
We believe strongly in free speech and so it was heart warming to see so many people turn out Wednesday to support the right to free speech. We will also support GLADD’s right to express their views in opposition, and will join in on Friday’s event.
We also support the Jim Henson Company’s right to cancel a contract that supplies toys in the chain’s kids’ meals because of Chick-fil-A’s anti-gay marriage stance. Like consumers, companies have the freedom (thankfully) to do business with whom they choose.