A crowd packed the Chick-fil-A on South Bend’s south side for a nationwide appreciation day with people speaking out over a controversial issue that continues.
The fast-food chain is under fire after its CEO stated publicly his company's opposition to gay marriage.
Those comments lead supporters of gay-marriage to call for a boycott of the Atlanta based company.
But today a national "Chick-fil-A appreciation day" is being held for those who support the CEO and the Christian-based company.
Former Arkansas governor and conservative television host Mike Huckabee declared today "Chick-fil-A appreciation day" calling it a chance to quote: "affirm to a Christian brother, Dan Cathy, that he has not been disenfranchised from his citizenship nor his right of free speech."
The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association also supports Cathy and is backing the appreciation day.
Plus Christian conservatives have promised to buy the chain's waffle fries and chicken sandwiches to show their support for its values.
The location in South Bend was pretty busy today with supportive customers.
"We wanted to show our support for this company that has a CEO or owner, whatever he is, that's unashamed of taking a stand for traditional family values and biblical principles for our country, so we wanted to spend our money to support him,” says customer Carol Cryan.
People on the other side of the debate are planning to have a same-sex kiss-in at some restaurant locations on Friday.