At the Aurora branch, hundreds of people stood in lines out the door in support of the fast-food franchise that has caught itself in a national controversy.
Chain President Dan Cathy publically voiced opposition to gay marriage, which sparked debates about freedom of speech and gay rights.
Across the country, fans of the restaurant responded with an impromptu “Chick-Fil-A appreciation day” to show support for the restaurant and freedom of speech.
“They believe in values I believe in and I think they need our support,” said Marcia Reed, a Naperville resident.
“We have the right to freedom of speech,” said Aurora resident Tom Huggins. “But I also believe it tells us in the bible that marriage is between one man and one woman.”
“This really has nothing to do with what his comments were,” said Ken Grutza, from Montgomery. “He wasn’t saying he hates gay people. He was just supporting the traditional view of marriage.”
“We have no discrimination against anyone,” said Doug Lockwood, an employee at the restaurant. “We’ll happy serve and employee anyone of any race, sex, creed, gender.”
While the franchise wouldn’t reveal sales numbers for the appreciation day, its marketing staff confirmed it was a record-setting day.
NCTV17's Kevin Machak Reports.