Houstonians Pack Chick-fil-A Restaurants To Show Support Following Controversy

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Drive through customers wait in line at a Chick-fil-A restaurant on Aug. 1, 2012 in Fort Worth, Texas. (credit: Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Drive through customers wait in line at a Chick-fil-A restaurant on Aug. 1, 2012 in Fort Worth, Texas. (credit: Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

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HOUSTON (CBS Houston/AP) — Chick-fil-A supporters are eating at the chicken chain’s restaurants as the company continues to be criticized for an executive taking a public position against same-sex marriage.

Houstonians flocked to Chick-fil-A restaurants after former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a Baptist minister, declared Wednesday “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.”

“I want to support the gentleman who spoke for family values,” Preston Vinzant told KPRC-TV. “I’m 100 percent for it. I brought my whole family. We’re going to have dinner here, too.”

Frankie Quijano, president of Houston Pride, told the station that the gay and lesbian community will continue to boycott the restaurant.

“Chick-fil-A has the right to do what they want, however, the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender community has the same right,” Quijano told KPRC-TV. “We will choose not to support a corporation that refuses to admit equality.”

Related: Bootsy Gets Caught Up In Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day

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.” Gay rights groups and others answered with calls for boycotts.

Opponents of Cathy’s stance have planned “Kiss Mor Chiks” for Friday, asking people of the same sex to show up at Chick-fil-A locations and kiss each other.

(TM and © Copyright 2012 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2012 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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