Hundreds of people arrived in droves to the Orland Park Chick-fil-A location Wednesday to show support for the fast food chain and its president's beliefs against same-sex marriage.
Wednesday was dubbed "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day" by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. The Facebook page for the day garnered thousands of likes from supporters.
Long lines were seen at both the Orland Park and Naperville Chick-fil-A locations.
A Chick-fil-A will open in Bolingbrook on Sept. 6.
Last month, Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy said his business was "guilty as charged" in support of the "biblical definition of the family unit," according to the AP.
The comment unleased a "torrent of criticism," the Chicago Sun-Times reported, from gay rights groups, Chicago politicians, Jim Henson and others.
But in line at the Orland Park location, one patron said he and others who believe marriage should be defined between a man and a woman are in the majority.
“It’s a statement," said Terry Angela, a pastor of First Baptist Church in Bourbonnais who drove up to Orland Park with a busload of others for the event in this Sun-Times article. “It’s a great statement that the average American, the bulk of the population believes, they believe in the biblical definition of marriage. It’s proven today and it’s proven at the ballot box.”
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