BOCA RATON, Fla. - Large numbers made a political statement today, simply by showing up for lunch.
Chick-fil-A restaurants from Boca Raton to the Treasure Coast were swamped, as part of an organized effort to support the chain's president's position on the issue of gay marriage.
When asked about the marriage issue, Cathy recently was quoted as saying, "We are very much supportive of the family -- the biblical definition of the family unit."
In Stuart, the drive-thru line snaked out to US 1.
A helicopter captured aerial shots of a packed Pompano Beach Chick-Fil-A.
At the Boca Town Center Mall, more than 100 people rallied in front of the main entrance, some chanting, "USA! Chick-fil-A!" They marched to the fast food restaurant inside and had lunch.
Church of All Nations Pastor Mark Boykin organized that rally as part of "Chick fil-A Appreciation Day."
"One man and one woman, with children, and that's the nuclear family. And by our estimation, those are the traditional family values, which are consistent with 6,000 years of human history," said Pastor Boykin.
Not everyone agrees with that viewpoint or values Appreciation Day.
Several gay rights groups we contacted chose not to speak out. But a couple individuals did speak, in a CNN story.
"It's terrible policy. It's terrible business," said one.
"I just think you have to be careful when you're dealing with the public that you just can't get into any controversial issues," said another.
Various sources also cite Cathy as describing gay marriage supporters as ‘arrogant' for going against God's view of marriage.
Chick-fil-A issued a statement, saying going forward, it intends to leave the same sex-marriage policy debate to politicians.
This is not the only day Chick-fil-A will be in the spotlight. Friday, gay marriage supporters are expected to protest at several of the chain's locations.