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Chicken chain sets one-day record amid flap

POSTED: August 6, 2012 3:00 p.m.

ATLANTA — Chick-fil-A set a one-day sales record on Wednesday amid an ongoing controversy over a company executive’s public stance against same-sex marriage, company officials said Thursday.

The Atlanta-based company confirmed in a statement that the sales record was broken Wednesday after it was declared “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day” by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a Baptist minister and Fox News talk-show host.

Restaurant chain president Dan Cathy told the Baptist Press last month that the company was “guilty as charged” for backing “the biblical definition of a family.” Gay rights activists and others answered with calls for boycotts. They planned a national “Kiss In” at Chick-fil-A restaurants on Friday to protest the owners’ position. They asked people of the same sex to show up at Chick-fil-A locations and kiss one other.

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