by Jack Minor –
While “gay” rights supporters have been flexing their muscles since President Barack Obama came out and said he was in favor of same-sex marriage, it appears they have hit a stumbling block over their attempts to force Chik-fil-A to support their agenda.
Following recent statements by government officials condemning the company over its position on same-sex marriage, even after the chain affirmed it would be remaining neutral on the issue, supporters have been patronizing the organization in greater numbers.
After homosexuals announced to plans to stage a “kiss-in” on Friday at Chik-fil-A restaurants to protest Dan Cathy, the chain’s president’s personal beliefs in traditional marriage, former Ark. Gov. Mike Huckabee called for supporters of traditional marriage to patronize the restaurant on Aug.1.
The call to action appears to have worked as chains around the country were reported to have long lines all day long. Loveland’s Chik-fil-A at the Marketplace at Centerra on East Eisenhower Boulevard had lines stretched out the door and around the outside of the restaurant all day long. The drive-thru was also jam packed with workers actually taking orders by hand in order to process them more quickly.
In spite of the large crowds, the staff was able to quickly process the order. The Gazette was towards the end of the line, but still was able to be served in less than 20 minutes. The chain also was able to maintain a high level of courteousness and service. Several employees were going around to tables ensuring customer’s needs were being met and offering to refill drinks.
While some media outlets implied the event was a Republican promoted event and a one day phenomena, this does not appear to be the case.
When asked about the size of the crowd, a cashier said it had been like this every day. She also said that for the past week and a half they have been swamped with customers, ever since government officials announced their plans to stop the company from opening new chains in cities across the country including Boston, Chicago and San Francisco.
Duane Onley, a former missionary to Fiji who now lives in Greeley was there with his wife Sondra. “This is our third time eating at a Chik-fil-A in the past seven days. We are tired of the liberals attacking people who hold Christian values in an attempt to force them to promote and accept the homosexual lifestyle.”
Onley’s sentiments were not an isolated incident. Marvin Fadenrect, an area resident said the stepped up attacks by the “gay” community on traditional values had awakened a sleeping giant.
“People have been silent for too long while the ‘gays’ have pushed their agenda on the rest of us. Now they want to use the government to force the owner of a private company to change his personal views and make him support ‘gay’ marriage as a condition of doing business,” he said. “That is just wrong and I’m glad the people are finally waking up to what is really happening. I think this is a sign of what America will see in November.”
The crowds were so massive that around 5:30 p.m. the Loveland Chik-fil-A had to announce to those remaining outside that they were all out of food.