- Last Updated: 5:58 AM, August 3, 2012
- Posted: 1:14 AM, August 3, 2012
The battle for free speech is paying off big for the restaurant chain, which said yesterday it did record-shattering business over the last few days amid a nationwide show of support.
“It was an unprecedented day,” Chick-fil-A marketing VP Steve Robinson said of Wednesday, which was “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day,” pushed by ex-Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.
Supporters of gay marriage, including City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and the mayors of several big cities, have pushed boycotts or even a ban of the company from doing business in their communities — all because of chain CEO Dan Cathy’s outspoken opposition to gay marriage.
Same-sex-marriage advocates said they’ll hold “kiss-in” protests at various Chick-fil-A’s today.
Quinn, meanwhile, faced more criticism for writing a letter to NYU to protest the eatery’s presence there, Chick-fil-A’s only city location, which is closed for summer.
Bill Thompson, a Quinn rival in the race for mayor, said: “I wouldn’t use the powers of my office to prevent them from operating other outlets in New York City.”