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Customers crowd Chick-fil-A for 'appreciation day'

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BRANDON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

On Main Street in Madison, police officers had to direct traffic pouring into the Chick-fil-A parking lot and drive-through.

In Brandon, the line of cars wrapped around the building and stretched out onto Highway 18.

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee coined Wednesday "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day" and encouraged people nationwide to eat at the restaurant to rally around the company president's outspoken opposition to same-sex marriage.

Across the Jackson Metro area, supporters heeded the call and packed the restaurants.

"I don't think it's a controversy. The bible is clear," says Donna Jackson, eating at the Brandon restaurant.

"I think it's a shame we're even talking about this," says Jane Eastley, also dining at the Brandon location. "I think this is a great restaurant, we love having it here in Brandon, we're just trying to support 'em."

A manager at the Brandon store says Wednesday's lunch period was the busiest they've had since opening in late June.

"They're grabbing something to eat. That's what we strive for. We want to make sure everyone is treated with honor, dignity, and respect," says Marketing Manager Angel Howard.

The day of support comes in the wake of a firestorm over comments made by company President Dan Cathy. He spoke out in support of traditional marriage.

As Jackson blogger Eddie Outlaw points out, the company's opposition to same sex marriage goes beyond that.

"The facts are, between 2003 and 2010, Mr. Cathy and the company donated money to groups or organizations that sought to limit the equality of my community," he says. "I'm glad we're having this debate."

Miss Blossom is transgender, and works in Jackson. She says it's fruitless to fight same sex marriage and other gay rights issues.

"As years go by, things are just changing. It's gonna be out of our control. Everyone should just love one another and join together," she says.

There is effort among the gay community nationwide to hold a "kiss in" at Chick-fil-A restaurants on Friday, in answer to Wednesday's Christian conservative effort. It's unknown right now if that idea will gain ground.

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