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Wendy's Responds To Franchise Owner's Chick-fil-A Support Signs


UPDATED: Thursday August 2, 2012 6:07 PM

A political battle is being waged at Chick-fil-A restaurants across the country after the company president's statements on marriage.

Now, a central Ohio based fast food company has been drawn into the controversy.

From Seattle to Columbus to Washington, D.C., supporters of Chick-Fil-A's president's stance against gay marriage caused traffic jams around the chicken chain's buildings on Wednesday. Patrons turned out in force for an appreciation day for the company.

It came after a war of words which included gay rights advocates urging people to eat somewhere else.

The political standoff shifted gears in North Carolina where a Wendy's franchise owner posted signs at dozens of his burger chains that read "We Stand With Chick-Fil-A."

Wendy's ordered the franchisee to take the signs down and posted a Tweet saying "We proudly serve all customers."

In a statement, Wendy's said it's "...proud to serve customers of varied races, backgrounds, cultures, and sexual orientation, with different beliefs and values."

Chick-Fil-A refused to comment on the effect of its appreciation day sales.

The owner of the Wendy's that put up the signs said he had his managers take them down to refocus on their own marketing message.

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