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Chick-fil-A supporters send message, eat chicken (+video)

Chick-fil-A restaurants across the country were packed with supporters Wednesday for 'Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.' In the wake of CEO Dan Cathy's views against gay marriage, and the subsequent boycott from gay-rights advocates, eating a Chick-fil-A sandwich has become a polarizing political statement.

Supporters of Chick-fil-A flocked to restaurants in the chicken chain on Wednesday as the company continues to be criticized for an executive's voiced his support for "the biblical definition of a family."
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Around 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jesse Velasco, a Jacksonville Beach, Fla. resident, pulled into a Chick-fil-A restaurant to grab lunch. He had no idea it was “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.” 

“When I got there, I noticed that the end of the drive-thru line was ridiculously far away from the restaurant,” he says. “There must have been 40 or 50 cars going through the driveway line and past the Arby’s next to it. I felt bad for the Arby’s,” he laughs.

Deciding it would be easier if he went inside, Mr. Velasco (who is also my younger brother) circled for five minutes to find a parking space, then faced the back of a line that snaked at least 10 people out the door. Then he remembered seeing on Facebook that there was “something going on with Chick-fil-A today."

“Chick-fil-A is a madhouse right now," he wrote later on Facebook.

Similar scenes played themselves out at Chick-fil-A locations around the country Wednesday, as throngs of people turned out to support the chicken franchise as part of Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.” The Aug. 1 event was organized by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a Baptist minister and Fox News TV host, in response to a boycott of Chick-fil-A by supporters of gay marriage.

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