Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day: Church Reaction

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - This sign says it all: "We are closed due to chicken depletion! thank you for your support."

Support by the masses, forced the Chick-fil-A in Prattville to shut down early, causing many to drive to Montgomery locations.

"The response has been unbelievable. It's been a line out the door all day,since about 6a.m," Chick-fil-A Montgomery-Ann Street manager Stuart Rogers said.

Chick-fil-A Chief Operating Officer Dan Cathy says he stands on the biblical definition of the family unit and the belief in the traditional family; a belief that, from the looks of it, many in Alabama share.

"Our entire church heard about the entire Chick-fil-A situation and so the entire church came out and ate today," Montgomery resident Candice Nelson said.

"We support Chick-fil-A and we believe in what the Bible says and we stand on it," Abraham Missionary Baptist Church Pastor Fredrick Harris said.

Pastor Harris says supporters have demonstrated they stand behind a private company's right to stand up for its beliefs, even if that comes with criticism.

"Whether we are on our jobs or in our homes, we are the church and we should take a stand for Christ wherever we are at. We are going to suffer as Christ suffers and when you stand for the truth you are going to suffer," Pastor Harris said.

The Eastern Boulevard and one Dothan location were also forced to closed due to running out of chicken. Managers say they are still taking it all in and hope to have total sales from Wednesday's Appreciation Day in the next few days.

In response to those demonstrations, the gay advocacy group "GLAAD" is encouraging a demonstration of its own; asking gay couples to participate in a "Same-Sex Kiss Day at Chick-fil-A restaurants on Friday.

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