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Thousands pack Ala. Chick-fil-A restaurants

Published: Aug. 1, 2012 at 4:39 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 11, 2012 at 4:39 PM CDT
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Customers line up for "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day" at the Ann Street location Wednesday.
Customers line up for "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day" at the Ann Street location Wednesday.
Packed crowds inside the restaurant in EastChase Wednesday. Wait time is over one hour.
Packed crowds inside the restaurant in EastChase Wednesday. Wait time is over one hour.

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Thousands of supporters of fast food restaurant Chick-fil-A made their way to restaurants all over Alabama and the United States Wednesday to stand in long lines in support of the restaurant chain.

Customers packed dining rooms and found themselves wrapped in lines outside restaurants in Montgomery, Prattville, Auburn, Dothan and many other locations around the state and country. Cars snaked around the buildings all day and stretched great distances beyond parking lots.

By early evening, some of the restaurants reported they'd exhausted their food supply and were preparing to close.

The day was billed by conservatives, and credited to talk show host and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, as an unofficial "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day" in support of the company. CFA said it had nothing to do with the event's organization.

CFA President, Dan Cathy, recently sparked a nationwide controversy following remarks that he does not support same-sex marriage. Cathy told a Baptist magazine that he believes in the Biblical definition of marriage, a union between a man and a woman. The family-owned company's 1,600+ outlets remain closed on Sundays for religious reasons.

Cathy's remarks have made his company the target of multiple boycotts. The Jim Henson Company pulled its toys from the company's kids' meals. Mayors of several large cities, including Boston and Chicago, have also said the company isn't welcomed, although its unlikely the company's permits will be denied.

Protestors are planning a nationwide event, scheduled for Friday, at which point they're planning to show their public displays of affection at area restaurants by kissing as same-sex couples.

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