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Criticism continues over Chick-fil-A's view on gay marriage

AMARILLO, TX- There's been a torrent of criticism circulating across the nation over Chick-fil-A's stance on gay marriage.

The controversy began after a corporate executive said he opposed same sex couples.

While gay rights advocates were angered over the comment, hundreds of residents came out to Chick-fil-A restaurants across the panhandle Wednesday in support of the company.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee declared Aug. 1 as "National Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day."

As word spread by 12 p.m., the line at the Chick-fil-A on Georgia St. was wrapped around the parking lot with people looking to get their chicken fix.

"My opinion is they got good chicken," customer Elesaio Miestas said.

However, it's not the chicken that's stirring the pot.

It's an anti-gay marriage remark which the company is standing by.

Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy said the food chain is "guilty as charged" for "backing the biblical definition of a family."

The comment doesn't come as a major concern to Miestas.

"If that's their opinion, this is America," he said. "This is what everyone died for--- to be able to have our own opinion."

Others seem to agree.

"A business shouldn't be penalized or brought down because of an owners personal opinion or belief," Tim Matlock said. "I don't think they discriminate against anyone. I think it's been blown out of proportion."

In other cities, protestors have lined the sidewalks outside Chick-fil-A restaurants protesting the food chains view point.

The company has not offered an apology, but did release a media statement.

It reads:

"The Chick-fil-A culture and service tradition in our restaurants is to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect---regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender. We will continue this tradition in the over 1,600 restaurants run by independent owners and operators. Going forward, our intent is to leave the policy debate over same sex marriage to the government and political arena."

Opponents of Chick-fil-A say that statement isn't enough.

Some have gone as far as planning an event for Friday called "Kiss More Chicks," where same sex couples are encouraged to eat at the food chain and kiss each other to show a sign of changing times.

Is this going too far?

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