Hundreds gather at Racine's Chick-fil-A to support restaurant's gay marriage stance
RACINE- Millions of people lined up at Chick-fil-As across the country to show their support for the restaurant chain, embroiled in a debate over the definition of marriage.
The chain's president has publically opposed same-sex marriage. It's a social stance thousands were willing to wait a long time in line to support.
Racine's Regency Mall was filled with people pledging their support for Chick-fil-A Wednesday, and the company's belief that marriage should be between a man and a woman.
Phil Dupor and his son waited over an hour and a half for their food. At the back of the line, Jay Fischer was told it would be at least three hours and the mall would close before he and his kids got to the front.
"I don't even really care for chicken, but I decided to come here to support the company," said Dupor.
"I said we might not eat tonight but it's not about eating tonight, we'll eat at another place if we have to," explained Fischer. "It's about coming to support Chick-fil-A."
While most people in line say they're making a statement about marriage, some say it's about free speech.
"People should have the right to feel the way they want to feel," Melissa Horvath told TODAY'S TMJ4.
Others say it's a different kind of statement.
Barbara Vinson says she supports everyone's right to believe what they want, especially when it comes to religion. But she thinks there's room for more people to be a part of it.
"It's just amazing that this many people showed up that don't like gay people," said Vinson. "God says don't judge. So when you say gay is wrong, you're judging them."
Gay rights advocates are responding by holding a national same-sex kiss day on Friday, encouraging same-sex couples to kiss at Chick-fil-A restaurants across the country.