UPDATE: Many in Sioux City not "chicken" to show Chick-fil-A support
By Forrest Saunders, Multimedia Journalist - email
Newspotter photo: Lines were backed up at Chick-fil-A in the Southern Hills Mall. One caller said there was at least a few hundred people. But, it was worth the wait.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -
What started as an initiative on Facebook-- lead by former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, turned into a national rally. Wednesday, thousands across the nation headed to their nearest Chick-fil-A, supporting the company president's endorsement of traditional marriage.
KTIV cameras weren't allowed in the Southern Hills Mall. But, our viewers captured hundreds getting Chick-fil-A chicken, with a side of politics.
It all started with comments from company president Dan Cathy, who told a Baptist Journal reporter: "We are very much supportive of family, the Biblical definition of a family unit... We are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that."
In response, gay and lesbian groups have started attacking and boycotting the company across the nation.
"I would like to tell Mr. Cathy I am also married to my first wife," said one woman in California who opposed the statement.
Chick-fil-A hasn't commented directly about Cathy's statements, but the company's getting support from loyal customers, and conservative politicians. On Facebook former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, declared Wednesday "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day."
"I've came out to Chick-fil-A to support their cause," said Siouxland supporter Katherine Eilers.
Huckabee's move inspired, Eilers, to drive 40 minutes from Nebraska to be at Sioux City's restaurant.
"We're supportive, in letting people have their own beliefs, and tolerant. And expect the same back," said Eilers.
Chick-fil-A released a statement reminding folks they didn't start the event, but thanked them for support: "Our goal is simple: to provide great food, and genuine hospitality and to have a positive influence on all who come in contact with Chick-fil-A.
Same-sex couples are planning a counter event. They'll be headed to Chick-fil-A's nationwide on Friday.
As we mentioned, all our video and pictures came from news-spotters inside the mall. We did contact the mall for permission to bring our own camera inside, but were denied.
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