Chick-fil-A loses some fans, wins others as "Chick-fil-A Day" is launched
Mike Stewart, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Our take: Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee is launching a national "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day" on August 1 out of appreciation for the strong stance the company has take on same-sex marriage. Since the company's CEO Dan Cathy, who is an evangelical Christian, made several strong statements against same-sex marriage, Chick-fil-A has lost several business partnerships and the mayor of Boston stated he would prevent the business from opening in that city. However, others have been quick to support the statements by helping increase business through social media campaigns and other calls to rally.
Former presidential candidate and Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee says he is "incensed" at the way Chick-fil-A has been treated in recent days, and he is launching a nationwide Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day for Aug. 1, urging people to visit the restaurant that day or to make their support known via social media.
The company has been the source of criticism -- and the object of calls for boycotts -- since its president, Dan Cathy, was quoted in a Biblical Recorder article and in a radio interview as standing up for the biblical definition of marriage. Baptist Press re-posted the Biblical Recorder interview.
On Monday (July 23) the Jim Henson Company -- makers of children's shows such as "The Muppets," "Sid the Science Kid," "Dinosaur Train" and "Pajanimals" -- announced it would not partner with Chick-fil-A again in the future. The Jim Henson Company, at various times, has supplied the toys for the restaurant's kids' meals.
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