Chick-fil-A 'appreciation day' packs local restaurants

Goose Creek Chick-Fil-A (Photo: Shannon Hawkins, Tri-County Roofing)

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCIV) -- Supporters of Chick-fil-A flocked to eat at restaurants in the chicken chain Wednesday as the company continues to be criticized for an executive's comments about gay marriage.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a Baptist minister, declared Wednesday national "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day."

...And the day was a success for the chain, at least in the Lowcountry.

Calls came into the ABC News 4 newsroom reporting lines that wrapped around the restaurants and could be seen from several blocks down the street.

"I had lunch at the Chick-fil-A at Tanger. Lines were long but they did an excellent job getting the meals out fast," Laura Voigt wrote on our Facebook{}page.

Cori Corbin Merritt of Ridgeville was at the Chick-fil-A in Goose Creek and said it was good to see the strong support of free speech.

""It was packed and the drive thru hasn't stopped for the entire hour I was there! Freedom of speech is what this is about," she said.

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.

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.

* The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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