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Carroll County Shows Up, Speaks Out on Chick-fil-A Controversy

Thousands of Carroll County residents went to Chick-fil-A Wednesday.

The Westminster Chick-fil-A saw lines out the door much of the day Wednesday, and if you've been paying attention, you know the hype has nothing to do with a cow. 

A national conversation has exploded recently due to Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy's comments on his opposition to gay marriage.

Do you think in the long run this controversy will help or hurt Chick-fil-A, or do you think it will be forgotten in a few weeks? Tell us in comments.

 Westminster joined locations across the country Wednesday that participated in Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day, a day created by former Arkansas governor and former Rebuplican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee.

He created an event on Facebook encouraging people to show their support and appreciation for Chick-fil-A on Aug. 1.

"The goal is simple: Let's affirm a business that operates on Christian principles and whose executives are willing to take a stand for the Godly values we espouse by simply showing up and eating at Chick-fil-A on Wednesday, August 1," he wrote on the event page. 

And show up they did in Westminster. Lines were out the door at the Westminster store for much of the day.

Expect demonstrations to continue. GLADD, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, is planning "National Same-Sex Kiss Day at Chick-fil-A" on Friday.

The Washington Post reported that in a recent interview on the Ken Coleman radio show, Cathy said that “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.”

In response to Cathy's comments, the mayor of Boston, Thomas Menino, told the Boston Herald he would keep Chick-fil-A out of the city.

“If they need licenses in the city, it will be very difficult — unless they open up their policies,”  Menino said.

Meanwhile, a Chick-fil-A has , and staff and commissioners in Carroll County said there is support for the chain to bring a third location to the area.

"As an individual commissioner, I welcome Chick-fil-A into Carroll County, Maryland, and will defend their first amendment rights to express their political views to the maximum of my ability as a county commissioner," wrote Richard Rothschild, vice president of the Carrroll County Board of Commissioners, to Patch 

Same-sex marriage has been a hot topic for Marylanders as legislators have debated the topic for the past couple years. Same-sex marriage will go to referendum in November, giving Maryland voters the opportunity to overturn the law legalizing same-sex marriage passed earlier this year.

Chick-fil-A supporters in the area took their opinions to social media Wednesday.

bigdoggmc tweeted at 1:21 p.m. "Great crowds and super spirit at Chick in Westminster MD since breakfast started."

 Delegate Justin Ready tweeted at 3:34 p.m. "Del. Ready & Del. Stocksdale stand with @chickfila"

Amy Gilford tweeted at 6:57 p.m. "#Chick-fil-A is still packed to the gills here in Carroll County!"

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- With reporting from editor Lisa Rossi

Hanna August 02, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Expressing political views is fine. People opposing Chikfila, for the most part, don't want freedom of speech revoked. Our main problem is with the funding of organizations that support discriminatory practices.
WestMonster August 02, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Great. It sure seems like plenty of people appreciate Chick fil a all day, every day. I don't think the event was needed.
Heather Cobun August 02, 2012 at 04:06 PM
That is absolutely my reasoning! Well said. I don't think you're a bad person if you eat at Chick-Fil-A after this very public political scuffle, but personally, they openly FINANCIALLY support groups that I fundamentally disagree with, and I do not want to indirectly support that cause.
Megan August 02, 2012 at 04:09 PM
Hanna, based on your thoughts about not wanting to support a company that supports, in your opinion, "discriminatory practices", I have to hope that you don't eat Ben and Jerry's ice cream or any Newman's Own products because then you must be supporting cop killing. It is the same argument, but you are not hearing about those companies and who they give money to because the media supports their liberal agenda. Let me add, I am a supporter of Gay Marriage, however I am also a supporter of a persons 1st Amendment rights. It is OK for celebrities, like Clooney, Damon, Affleck, and Parker, to speak out but not Dan Cathy? Double standard don't you think. Every time someone goes to see one of their movies they are putting money into the pockets of the charities and political agendas that they support. I welcome you to research EVERY product that you use and I guarantee that you will find many that are not within your beliefs.
Joyce Debrowski August 02, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Like anything else, if you don't like the values Chick-fil-a espouses, don't eat there. If you don't like guns, don't buy them. If you don't believe in abortion, don't have one. It's all about personal choice and freedom. I wouldn't own a gun or have an abortion, but i would defend your right to do so.
Hanna August 02, 2012 at 04:37 PM
If nothing else, this highly publicized controversy will motivate people to become more conscious of their purchasing decisions. It definitely has made me start to do my research.
JoeEldersburg August 02, 2012 at 07:01 PM
What a waste of breath! A bunch of politicians looking for something to sound off about and a news media hungry for their and the public's generally uninformed opinions. Who cares what the owner of a chicken franchise says or does with his money? It's his business and if he's man enough to make his views public in this day and age, he'd better be prepared to take the heat. Personally, I think it's a dumb business strategy, as no customer oriented business can afford to write off any segment of its customers, but it's certainly not going to stop me from eating there. I feel very differently about a company like Citco, whose profits go directly to the Venezuelan government and fund Hugo Chavez's support for terror and undermining the United States. This is a reason not to buy gas there, but it's my guess that 90% of the dopes, who would waste their valuable time lining up at Chick-Fil-A on either side of the gay marriage issue are completely unaware that Citco is even owned by the Venezuelan government. They'd rather just run their mouths and demonstrate over another meaningless political issue which has no bearing whatsoever on what is happening in the real world.
Megan August 02, 2012 at 08:17 PM
JoeEldersburg-for someone who claims to know so much about "Citco", you might want to know that it is spelled CITGO! If you want to boycott "Citco", the financial services group, by all means do so, but don't claim that their profits go to Venezuela to fund terrorism. To add to that, I hope you only fill up at Shell, Exxon, or one of the other major brand name gas stations. Every time you fill up at a Highs, Wawa, Royal Farms or other "off brand" site you very well may be putting money in CITGO's pocket. Those smaller places buy their gas on what is called the spot market. They buy their gas each day/week and usually choose whoever is cheapest. It might be Shell one day, Hess the next and CITGO the day after that. Since it appears, I know more than you about the petroleum industry maybe you are the "dope". I think most people have seen the Robert Kennedy (d) commercial praising CITGO and the Venezuelan government, so for you, who can't even spell the name of the company correctly, to call people "dopes" is a little condescending, don't you think?
L Collette August 03, 2012 at 04:17 AM
Hahahah...you get 'em Megan!
Native August 03, 2012 at 12:02 PM
Oh, yes it was. The sleeping giant has awakened!
Rod Harrison August 03, 2012 at 06:47 PM
Kym, you are an idiot for posting the phrase "Dan Cathy's comments on his opposition to gay marriage". Dan Cathy did not even mention the word gay or gay marriage. In fact here is his quote: "We are very much supportive of the family -- the biblical definition of the family unit". You are trying to make this something it is not just like the rest of the liberal media out there. When creating a news story stick with the facts! And just because someone says they support a view on traditional marriage does not mean they are a hater of gays. It means exactly what it says that they feel marriage is between 1 man and 1 woman!
jag August 03, 2012 at 07:48 PM
Rod, the quote you posted is not the quote that got folks upset. Here is that quote: "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,' and I pray God's mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to try to redefine what marriage is about," And every article I have seen & read regarding also indicates that these are Dan Cathy's views on Gay Marriage. Doesn't do any good to call people names.
Buck Harmon August 03, 2012 at 09:28 PM
Nice comment..
Buck Harmon August 03, 2012 at 09:35 PM
Human beings will continue to devolve until we are no more... now I have a problem with the chemicals used to pump up the chicken growth... genetically modified chicken can't be healthy.... serve more free range organic chicken....if you really care about human beings...all the other stuff amounts to mind and head games.
Bud August 04, 2012 at 06:36 AM
When you insult someone you do not agree with or belittle them in your post, you lose your credibility. I will give Joe one thing, it really is a ridiculous event either way and he is correct, there are bigger issues facing the nation and the world than worrying about something like this trivial issue. For that matter, if people are so up in arms about this man, then don't patronize the stores,but then again they may not be able to drive anywhere since they probably don't want to buy gasoline since the about 13% of the oil we import comes from the Persian Gulf (12.9% of our total with 8.1% from Saudi Arabia) a country which puts people to death for being gay. I would say there is a better chance if Joe or anyone else fills up @ Highs, Wawa, Royal Farms or other "off brand" they have a better chance of buying gas that came from there or Canada (15.1%), Africa (10.9%), Mexico (7.5%) or even the USA (about 39%) than Venezuela (5.9%)
Bud August 04, 2012 at 06:39 AM
Agreed.

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