(Southaven, MS) Business showed no signs of slowing at the Chick-fil-A stores around town, despite an outcry from the gay community.
Things got heated after the family who owns the company announced they embrace traditional, biblical views of marriage.
“I do know one thing, you have to stand up for what you believe,” said Wanda Craig.
The controversy isn’t stopping people from eating there. In fact, conservative Christians, like former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, are ramping up their support by encouraging others to eat Chick-fil-A on August 1st.
The gay community responded with its own day, the National Same Sex Kiss Day at Chick-fil-A.
Activists say the company has the right to believe want it wants, but they have the right to protest it.
They say the company gives to Christian organizations that promote bigotry, and hate against the gay community.
“Chick-fil-A advocates, always has, always will, that all of our customers are treated with honor dignity and respect no matter race, religion or sexual orientation,” said Stuart Davidson, the operator for the Southaven Chick-fil-A.
He says any couple who comes in on the kiss day protest is welcome as long as there is nothing inappropriate.
“If you want to come in and kiss, hold hands then, you know, it doesn't matter what your sexual orientation is,” he said. “They'll all be welcomed with genuine hospitality just like every day we're open.”
The same-sex kiss day is planned for August 3rd at 7:00pm.