Locals flock to Chick-fil-A to show support for restaurant chain's beliefs

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Picture from Twitter viewer Jeff Taylor: "Chick-fil-A on Washington Road place is packed ... had to park in parking lot behind the store."

News 12 at 6 o'clock / Wednesday, August 1, 2012

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. -- "We all love Chick-fil-A, and we always come here to eat, and we're thankful it's here in North Augusta," said Gwenn Whitt, standing at the back of the line around lunch time at the Chick-fil-A restaurant in North Augusta.

The response in North Augusta was overwhelming.

"The response is great. The turnout here is excellent," Whitt said.

"Tickled to death about it," added Terry Lawson of North Augusta.

The appearance of Disney World like lines didn't discourage people like Sonya Spray.

"It is worth it. It's very good food, and they always say 'please' and 'thank you,' and we always get excellent service here," Spray said.

Of course, Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day has deeper meaning. After the COO of the company defended traditional marriage between a man and a woman, there was backlash around the country.

That led to this day where people all around the country showed their support -- not just for the chicken sandwiches -- but for the beliefs of the company that makes them.

"Chick-fil-A is a Southern business. It's owned and operated by a Southern family that have Christian values," Spray said.

"What Mr. Cathy said was biblical principles, and I appreciate a man standing up for what he believes in," Lawson said.

Lawson isn't the only one.

Traffic at the North Augusta location was backed up to Lecompte Avenue with some even spilling onto Knox Avenue. In Aiken, the cars wrapped onto Whiskey Road all the way down to Dougherty Road. The Aiken Department of Public Safety says the Aiken restaurant hired two off-duty officers to help manage traffic.

Locations in Augusta and Evans saw similar crowds.

"I think today's support shows where the majority of America is," Lawson said.

An issue as divisive as this doesn't come without opposition. On Friday, a gay rights group is scheduled to have a National Kiss Day where they are encouraging same-sex couples to go to Chick-fil-A locations and kiss in public.

Click here to see more viewer pictures from the appreciation day at Chick-fil-A locations across the greater Augusta area.

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