Demonstrators pack Chick-fil-A

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What used to be a simple quick meal has now turned into a statement about gay marriage and First Amendment rights.

Customers lined up at Chick-fil-A restaurants across the country in support of the company’s CEO.

Politician and television personality Mike Huckabee is widely credited with organizing the “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day”, encouraging people to show support for Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy’s right to free speech by patronizing the restaurants August 1, 2012.

Long lines formed at Chick-fil-A locations across the country, including the Quad City-area locations in Moline, Illinois and Davenport, Iowa. 

More than 630,000 people said they were going to an appreciation day demonstration on a Facebook page set up for the event.

The event follows weeks of opinions voiced by people opposing and supporting Dan Cathy saying he was “guilty as charged” for his support of what he called “the biblical definition of a family.” 

Some opponents and critics of Cathy have called for boycotts.  Others have planned an event dubbed “Kiss Mor Chiks” for Friday, August 3, 2012, during which they are encouraging people of the same sex to show up and kiss each other at Chick-fil-A restaurants.

A woman from Buffalo, Iowa created a Facebook page to promote Friday's demonstration at this link:

Check out video from one of our viewers who visited the Chick-fil-A at SouthPark Mall in Moline: