Chick-fil-A Supporters Line Up for Appreciation Day


The Philadelphia City Council is considering a resolution to condemn the company for what councilman Jim Kenney called their "Anti-American attitude."

D.C. councilman Marion Barry tweeted that he does not support "hate chicken," Boston's Mayor Thomas Menino said there is "no place for your company" in his city and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the restaurant's "values are not Chicago values."

"When I first heard that I was so shocked that he had the audacity to speak for the entire city," Nancy Flynn said after picking up some chicken for Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day in Crystal City. "How could you even say that? That means that what other's people's beliefs are don't matter.

"When you're in a position like that," Flynn added, "you have a responsibility to everyone, not just the people who voted you into office or that believe what you believe."

The Chicago Republican Party made a formal complaint against Emanuel on Wednesday, alleging that the mayor has "broken civil rights laws pertaining to religious freedom and the First Amendment in denying Chick-fil-A a permit to operate its business in the City of Chicago."

Emanuel's press secretary clarified that the mayor does not intend to block Chick-fil-A from opening its first free-standing location in Chicago.

"If they meet all the usual requirements, then they can open their restaurant, but he does not believe the CEO's values are reflective of our city," mayoral spokesman Tarrah Cooper said on Tuesday, according to the Chicago Sun Times.

National conservative figures have responded to the controversy with an outpouring of support for the restaurant.

Sarah Palin posted a photo of her and her husband holding bulging bags of Chick-fil-A on her Facebook page and said in a Fox News interview Tuesday that the boycott " has a chilling effect on our 1st Amendment rights."

"The owner of the Chick-fil-A business had merely voiced his personal opinion about supporting traditional definition of marriage, one boy, one girl, falling in love, getting married," Palin told Fox's Greta Van Susteren."And having voiced support for kind of that cornerstone of all civilization and all religions since the beginning of time, he then basically [is] getting crucified."

Image Credit: Sarah Palin/Facebook

She continued, suggesting that President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden had expressed similar sentiments about gay marriage until they made a push to appeal to gay voters.

"I'm speaking up for him and his 1st Amendment rights and anybody else who would wish to express their not anti-gay people sentiment, but their support of traditional marriage, which President Obama and Joe Biden, they both supported the exact same thing until just a few months ago, when Obama had to flip-flop to shore up the homosexual voter base," Palin said.

Obama and Biden had actually said it was an issue that should be left to the states.

Former GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum voiced his support by tweeting he was "fueling up" at Chick-fil-A as well. He shared Chick-fil-A salads with Citizens United President David Bossie today, tweeting that he having a "Chick-fil-A lunch" and predicting that it would make "leftists go crazy."

But while much ado is being made over Chick-fil-A's top executive's gay marriage stance, it seems one of the company's franchise owners is taking a different tack. Anthony Piccola, who manages New Hampshire's only Chick-fil-A location in Nashua, has signed on to be a sponsor of the New Hampshire Pride Fest Aug. 11.

"As an independent franchise Operator I am dedicated to supporting our local community in the best ways possible and we give to a wide variety of causes in Nashua," Piccola told ABC News in a statement. "The Chick-fil-A culture and service tradition in our restaurants is to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect –regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender."

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