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August 1, 2012

Crowds converge to appreciate Stillwater Chick-fil-A amid national debate

STILLWATER, Okla. — Customers flocked to Chick-fil-A on Perkins Road Wednesday as part of a national campaign to support chain President Dan Cathy.

The two order lines at the Stillwater eatery snaked out the door and onto the pavement in blistering 113-degree heat. But most customers were all smiles.

“I support and believe in freedom of speech,” said Jeanie Lewallen.

The Tonkawa resident said she drove an hour to eat lunch at the Stillwater restaurant.

“I am opposed to gay and lesbian marriage,” said Tim Brandenburg, explaining his reasons for dining at the chicken eatery. Brandenburg said he is a Roman Catholic.

Cathy has faced backlash from the public after affirming the business’ anti-gay marriage stance. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee dubbed Wednesday “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day” to counter anti-Chick-fil-A sentiments from gay rights supporters.

Amanda Almy, owner the of Chick-fil-A on Perkins, said her store had served 1,487 customers by 7p.m. — three times its average.

“We are about to run out of chicken,” Almy said.

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