Chick-fil-A Day Creates Long Lines In Houston
by: Bill Stamps, August 1, 2012 4:08:00 pm
At the Chick-fil-A on Post Oak near the 610 loop, Ramsey Achras waited and waited in the drive-thru.
"I’ve been in the drive-thru for about over 30 minutes. This is by far the longest line I’ve ever seen at Chick-fil-A drive-thru and dine in."
Latriceia Hill stopped by for lunch wanting to show her support for Chick-fil-A, telling me everyone has a right to their opinion.
"Ohh yes baby. You see where I am. I didn’t know it was gonna be like this, but I’m glad."
The line for the drive-thru wrapped around the building, through the parking lot, and out onto the 610 feeder road. The line to go inside stretched out the building. Dennis Vegas was one of those outside waiting to get in. He believes the attacks against Chick-fil-A and its owner is wrong.
"I know Chick-fil-A doesn’t have any policy that discriminates against any gender, race, or sexual orientation, so I don’t know why they would take that approach against a highly successful, profitable, and responsible organization."
The controversy began when company president Dan Cathy stated in an interview with at Baptist news reporter that he and the company support traditional marriage.
Since then gay right advocates have staged protests, while the Mayor of Boston has pledged his effort to keep Chick-fil-A out of his city. The Muppets even announced the fast food chain wouldn't be able to license any new toys for their kids meals. Gay rights advocates call Chick-fil-A and its supporters homophobic and want the public to boycott the food chain.
Gary Kemp was in town from Orange Texas and told me is only goal was to get to Chick-fil-A and he says he isn’t homophobic.
"I just believe that people ought to have free choice to say what they believe and believe in. And I don’t believe the man was saying anything about anti-Gay. Cause I’m not anti-gay, I have a brother who is gay. And so I don’t dislike that boy, he’s a family member."
The lines at the Chick-fil-A off I-10 and Taylor Street were just as long.
Paula Bazan told me as a supporter of tradional marriage, she’s tired of being labeled as someone full of hate. She and her husband attended a conservative rally at Cowboys stadium last week that drew 65,000 people.
"We filled up 14 trailer tractor loads full of food to distribute all over the United States. There were all kind of community projects going on. Does that sound like the kind of people that hate?"
Regardless of which side you support, the controversy is sure to stick around at least a few more days. Friday same sex couples are planning to hold a same sex kiss day at Chick-fil-A.