Controversy over same-sex marriage meant huge crowds at some Chick-Fil-A restaurants across Columbus and the country on Wednesday.
People waited in line for hours at the Chick-Fil-A at Polaris to show support for the company's CEO, who firmly believes in the traditional view of marriage as between a man and woman.
Chick-Fil-A's CEO publicly stated his support for “traditional” marriage. Following a backlash, conservatives declared Wednesday, August 1st as Chick-Fil-A 'appreciation day.'
Cathy Lee, from Columbus, was one of many who waited more than an hour in a line that stretched around the block at one restaurant location.
“I'm here to support traditional family values and I love Chick-Fil-A, so, it's a good place to be,” Lee said.
Ginger West said that she and her friends stand strong behind the company’s CEO.
“We’re here to support the freedom of all Americans to speak their views without persecution,” West said. However, West followed that statement by saying she does not support gay marriage.
Gwen Andrix, an LGBT community activist, said that the movement is startling.
“I'm taken aback by it. I think it's a very clear signal that they don't support who we are and that they discriminate. They support discrimination,” Andix said. “I’m not angry, I'm hurt. I'm just hurt that in the 21st century that we are still in this place fighting over our equality.”
Central Ohio Chick-Fil-A locations maintained lines that spilled out of the restaurant and around the building throughout the day.
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