'Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day' draws big crowd in Bakersfield

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A large crowd is seen Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012, at Bakersfield's Chick-fil-A on "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day." The day was declared by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a Baptist minister, in response to recent criticism from gay-rights advocates, who are upset after the company's president went on record opposing gay marriage.

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — A large crowd ate Wednesday at Bakersfield's Chick-fil-A, showing support for the chain in light of recent criticism from gay-rights advocates.

Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy told the Baptist Press last month that the Atlanta-based company was "guilty as charged" for backing "the biblical definition of a family." That unleashed a torrent of criticism from gay-rights groups and others, who have called for boycotts and efforts to block the chain from opening new stores.

In response to the backlash from gay-rights advocates, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a Baptist minister, declared Wednesday national "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day."

Opponents of the company's stance are planning "Kiss Mor Chiks" for Friday, when they are encouraging people of the same sex to show up at Chick-fil-A restaurants around the country and kiss each other.

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Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.