Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day draws long lines in Austin


by JADE MINGUS / KVUE News and Photojournalist JOHN FISHER

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Posted on August 1, 2012 at 6:22 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 1 at 10:48 PM

AUSTIN -- Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day attracted supporters who waited in long drive-thru lines to buy food from a restaurant at the center of a controversial debate.

The drive-thru line at a Chick-Fil-A in South Austin snaked through the parking lot and spilled over into the frontage road of Ben White Boulevard near I-35.

"We have always appreciated what they stand for and what they do," said Elaine Ruiz. "We love their food, great service, and great attitude. We will continue to support them 100 percent."

"There are a lot of Christians standing up and believing right now for what we need right now, and that's more family values," said Norma Carrington.

Others visited Chick-Fil-A to order only water as a form of protest. 

"We refuse to spend money with Chick-Fil-A. It's just our way of saying we don't agree with their position; it's a position that encourages hate and inequality," said Ted Burton of Austin.

"I'm straight, but I'm not going to give a dime of my money or my family's money to a company that would actually fight people having the rights that I have," said Melanie Fish.

The Chick-Fil-A controversy started when its president, Dan Cathy, made it clear he personally believes marriage is only between a man and a woman.

"He voiced a personal opinion that has no bearing on what happens in the marketplace. The issue is -- is it good food at a good price?" said John Colyandro of the Texas Conservative Coalition. Colyandro believes Chick-Fil-A's business will not suffer.

The executive director of Equality Texas, Dennis Coleman, disagrees. He said there is already some signs that Chick-Fil-A is losing sales because of Cathy's stance on same sex marriage.

Equality Texas asked supporters to donate $6.50, the average price of a Chick-Fil-A meal, to help promote equality in the workplace.

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