Unofficial Chick-Fil-A appreciation day caused major traffic delays in Baton Rouge
POSTED: Wednesday, August 1, 2012 - 5:04pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, August 1, 2012 - 5:46pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — Traffic in parts of Baton Rouge was at a stand still today all because of an event that spread like wildfire on the Internet. The event supports Chick-Fil-A's stance on same sex marriage.
The day isn't sponsored or even promoted by Chick-Fil-A. It started after the company's CEO said he's a firm backer of “traditional marriage.”
Many made it a point to support the restaurant today because of the CEO's support of traditional marriage. Traffic was backed up for the better portion of the day at the Chick-Fil-A on Seigen Lane here in Baton Rouge
People we spoke with say they were okay with the wait because of the reasoning behind it.
"The United States was founded was on Christian values and freedom to worship and we support anybody to worship in any way they want to worship,” Ken Van Loon, a customer at Chick-Fil-A, told NBC33 News.
NBC33 News asked Chick-Fil-A for a comment on the traffic and the Chick-Fil-A day idea.
"...we appreciate all of our customers and are glad to serve them at any time,” Steve Robinson, EVP of Marketing, said in an official statement. “Our goal is simple: to provide great food, genuine hospitality and to have a positive influence on all who come into contact with Chick-Fil-A.”
The idea for the appreciation day began with Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee. Then social media and other smaller groups all across the country helped spread the word.
Proponents of same-sex marriage have organized a simple counter-protest for Wednesday, asking people to donate the approximate cost of a Chick-fil-A meal, about $6.50 to gay and lesbian rights groups, according to the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD).
Friday's protest promises to be the more visible, as GLAAD is backing a "National Same-Sex Kiss Day" to be held at Chick-fil-A restaurants nationwide and encourages participants to take and post photos to the Internet.
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