Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day Attracts Hundreds as Protests Continue
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- A place where people typically go to get waffle fries, sweet lemonade and chicken has turned into a controversial spot.
Dan Cathy, CEO of Chick-fil-A, recently said, "We are very much supportive of the family, the biblical definition of the family. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business and we are married to our first wives. We want to do anything we possibly can to strengthen families."
Many people waiting in line Wednesday said they don't view this as an anti-gay statement, but instead a pro-family statement. "I think he has a right for it, and we should show that we support him and show him that he is correct in his decision making," said Levi Brannam, an Olathe resident who visited Grand Junction just to get Chick-fil-A Wednesday.
Many people were at the restaurant to support freedom of speech. They were also there to stand behind Cathy and his Christian values. "I believe in the Christian principles that the owner and CEO of Chick-fil-A does, and the Bible says said Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve," said a customer.
Grand Junction police controlled traffic as people stood outside or waited in their cars for up to an hour to show their support. "He did not say anything negative, nasty or rude, and people are starting rumors that he did, and he did not," said Tillie Fitzsimmons.
A protester with a group called Women Helping Other Women said Cathy's statement impedes Americans' freedom. "The younger generation needs to step in and needs to say we're not Okay with intolerance, we're not okay with hindering Americans' rights. I think that getting more youth involved is really my big goal," said Selina Najar.
Still, scores of Chick-fil-A supporters say they hope their actions Wednesday send a positive message. "We're happy to be here and we hope that everything goes good for Chick-fil-A," said Fitzsimmons.