Updated 08/02/2012 09:05 AM
Ideology fuels Chick-fil-A lunch rush
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Crowds at Chick-fil-A restaurants across Central Texas Wednesday surpassed the usual lunch rush Tuesday.
Much of the increased traffic came as a show of support started by former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee.
The "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day” comes after the restaurant drew heat when its president and CEO publicly announced his views on marriage, saying he feels marriage should conform to the biblical definition between a man and a woman.
Many same-sex marriage advocates have spoken out against the chain, asking like-minded people to boycott the restaurant.
The Chick-fil-A in Cedar Park experienced capacity crowds. One customer told YNN she drove 20 miles for lunch just to make a statement.
"What that means to us is not that we hate homosexuality, but that we believe in Christianity,” Angel Isaacs of Lago Vista said. “We want a traditional male-female family with the children being raised."
Equality Texas is an organization that lobbies the Texas Legislature on behalf of the LBGT community.
“I think what they shouldn't be surprised about is, that having made that choice there are millions of people that don't agree with the choice,” Chuck Smith with Equality Texas said. “[There] are millions of people that don't support discrimination there are millions of people that believe that every American and every Texan should be treated equally."
Equality Texas responded to the day by organizing an event of its own.
Starting at 11:30 Wednesday morning, Equality Texas is asking people to consider donating to their organization rather than eating at Chick-fil-A. According to their Facebook page, they raised more than $3,000 by the end of the business day.