Boardman Chick-fil-As draw droves supporting owner's anti-gay stance


The U.S. Route 224 Chick-fil-A was nearly overrun Wednesday with droves of customers coming out to support the fast-food restaurant after its president, Dan Cathy, voiced opposition to same-sex marriage in July.

More than 120 people filled the dining room and parking lot at the restaurant on Boardman-Poland Road for what was dubbed “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.”

Restaurant employees redirected a line of cars away from the main drive-through lane to prevent a traffic jam near the intersection of South Avenue and Boardman-Poland Road.

Instead, the cars were wrapped around the building to enter the drive-through from the parking lot.

Inside, a full crew filled orders for patrons waiting in lines from the cash registers all the way to the front of the store near the playground area.

The Kmart parking lot adjacent to Chick-fil-A was accommodating overflow, where customers had parked cars and gathered to eat their lunch and discuss the merit of what they considered a bold stance by Cathy, who has received the brunt of strong criticism from same-sex marriage supporters.

A few of those supporters came to protest Wednesday evening, gathering with signs in the Kmart lot.

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