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Chick-fil-A Supporters in Chesterfield Said It's About 'Freedom'

Most said it wasn't an anti-gay message for them.

The  in Chesterfield Valley was mobbed with customers Wednesday from 8:30am and throughout the day in support of the chain's corporate stance on a definition of marriage.

The chain of fast-food chicken restaurants gives money to groups working against proposed same-gender marriage rights. Recently, company COO Dan Cathy described his definition of marriage as Bible-based, and traditional.

Nationwide, others claim such a definition of marriage is discriminatory for same-gender relationships.

However, in Chesterfield Wednesday, Patch found many Chick-fil-A customers said their support for the restaurant was not about gender, but about "religious freedom," "freedom of speech" and "Constitutional rights." Another said it was about "family values."

One couple (see photos) told Chesterfield Patch they drove 70 miles to buy lunch and show their support for the restaurant chain and what they said was religious freedom.

"We support the Constitution," the husband said. He did not give his name. 

A grandson of U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, R-Wildwood, was with his mother Abby Akin, at the Chesterfield Chick-fil-A in support. 

Todd Akin's press spokesman said in a text that Akin was helping serve at a Chick-fil-A in Liberty, MO on Wednesday.

Todd Akin wants to run for U.S. Senate in November against U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, and is campaigning for the Republican nomination in the Primary Election next Tuesday, August 7.

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"Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day" on Aug. 1 was an event launched by Mike Huckabee, a FOX News commentator, former Arkansas governor, and 2008 Republican presidential hopeful.

Huckabee's Facebook page has many photos of crowded Chick-fil-A restaurants from across the nation. The event had tens of thousands of RSVPs on its Facebook site.

The recent controversy over same-sex marriage for the chain restaurants came about after a published interview by the company's CEO Dan Cathy, son of the chain's founder. Reportedly, he said: "I think we are inviting God's judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say, 'We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage'."

Chesterfield's Chick-fil-A store manager grinned over a question about whether the restaurant would run out of chicken, with the overwhelming customer response to "Appreciation Day."  

"I'd better check the freezer," he said, and headed into the back room. He had three workers outside taking orders from drivers in an extra long drive-thru line. 

The Culvers fast-food chain immediately next door had only a handful of customers eating lunch inside and watching the Olympics on the flatscreen TVs.

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Do you agree with Chick-fil-A's stance, or would you protest the chain? Use comments below.

JoanLauterbach August 01, 2012 at 09:33 PM
New Chick-fil-A song by Tim Hawkins http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWFjoC_luno
Paul Boedeker August 01, 2012 at 09:43 PM
its about time people rallied around something important
Artichoke Annie August 01, 2012 at 09:44 PM
I guess Chick-fil-A has the right to believe anything, but I don't happen to agree with their stand on gay marriage. I will exercise my right to NOT do business with this company.
JoanLauterbach August 01, 2012 at 10:31 PM
Support of "TRADITIONAL FAMILY VALUES" is so natural,,,I will continue to support CHICK fil A and will exercise my right to stand by them and support them by returning for a wonderful Chicken Salad Sandwich and terrific Lemonade,,,
Missy August 01, 2012 at 10:42 PM
That's what is great about America, that each person should have the freedom to openly support (or not) a business without fear of recrimination. My support of Chik-Fil-A is not so much about whether or not I support gay marriage, it's about the right of free speech. An individual or their business should not be penalized or suffer recrimination because their own PERSONAL beliefs clash with someone else's PERSONAL beliefs. Chik-Fil-A does not discriminate against gay people - they don't refuse to hire them or refuse to sell them food. I'm so fed up with political correctness - we have many bigger issues to deal with in this country including jobs, the economy, and our national debt crisis.
JoanLauterbach August 01, 2012 at 10:46 PM
Missy, enjoyed reading your comment,,,it is ever so true about how many of us believe,,,
Kevin West August 02, 2012 at 02:53 PM
What i find funny is that CHICK-FIL-A will come out and take a stand for something so controversial but when asked about where their food comes from they refuse to answer. Just so the readers know ... This comment has nothing to do with what this company s religious beliefs are .. Its about not letting their consumers know what they are feeding to them!
JoanLauterbach August 02, 2012 at 03:52 PM
http://www.chick-fil-a.com/Food/Ingredients-Chicken http://www.chick-fil-a.com/Food/Menu-Section/Salads,Wraps,Dressings
JoanLauterbach August 02, 2012 at 04:09 PM
~This is a video of Flash Mob at West County Mall~St. Louis ~ Aug 01, 2012 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5KoajfhUas Below is the song they sang by: Tim Hawkins http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWFjoC_luno
Tom Maher August 03, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Many "Xtians" seem to have forgotten that little line about "whitened sepulchres"... I wonder who uttered it?

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