Nearly always busy during the lunch hour, many local Chick-fil-A restaurants were overrun Wednesday for what former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee declared “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.”

Customer Gabriela Rodriguez said that is why she ate at the 1604 & Blanco location.

“Marriage is between a man and woman and that’s why we’re here,” Rodriguez said. “We love Chick-fil-A and eat more chicken!”

Company president Dan Cathy ignited a firestorm after telling a Baptist publication his Atlanta-based company was “guilty as charged” for backing “the biblical definition of family.”

Gay rights groups were among those calling for boycotts and efforts to block the opening of new stores elsewhere in the U.S.

“There were so many politicians and individuals that came down on him for simply stating a personal opinion,” said Carl Bohn, who had bags filled with 20 orders of grilled chicken sandwiches and French fries.

“I’ve never had Chick-fil-A and I’m going back to feed my office,” Bohn said.

Traffic was backed up outside some restaurants, like along Blanco Road.

Asked whether it was worth the wait, Bohn said, “Absolutely. I feel good!”

However, opponents also are planning a “Kiss Mor Chiks” counter-protest Friday, urging same-sex couples to show up at Chick-fil-A restaurants around the country to kiss.

Adrian Aribzu said he and his wife, Gloria, will return.

He said, “We like to kiss. If they exclude us, we’re going to come back Friday and kiss.”

Images: Chick-fil-A patrons In SA show support

Published On: Aug 01 2012 05:04:43 PM CDT

Patrons of Chick-fil-A in San Antonio showed their support for the eatery in the wake of controversial comments made by CEO Dan Cathy about same-sex marriage that angered many people.

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