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ALEXANDRIA, La. - Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee called for a Chick-fil-a Appreciation Day, and more than 600,000 hungry customers answered. At least that's how many responded to the national Facebook event, including hundreds right here in Alexandria. 

Residents of Alexandria showed up to the Chick-fil-a on Jackson and MacArthur in full force Wednesday afternoon. The drive-through line wrapped around the building, and customers say inside looked about the same.

Patron Martha Parish said, "It really is great. Very crowded."

So how long are customers waiting?

"Thirty minutes," said Parish.

It started when, last month, the CEO of Chick-fil-a, Dan Cathy, said in an interview, "We are very much supportive of family--the biblical definition of the family unit."

And that drew criticism from some, and support from others.

Rita Brossette: "I'm supporting Chick-fil-a because I believe a marriage is a man and a woman."

Joycelyn Aymond: "We agree with traditional marriage, definitely. That's how I raised my son to be."

Richard Spurgeon: "I do agree with what they said, and I really can't understand why they're getting crucified in the media for saying something that the Bible said all along."

Some don't see it as anything about marriage at all. They say this is about the freedom in America to say what you want without fear of being boycotted.

Cody Strickland: "The First Amendment is supposed to protect free speech, your ideas and what you think. And it's not supposed to hold anything against you from the community."

Elizabeth Parish: "We're here to support freedom of speech."

Martha Parish: "I'm tired of the liberals telling us how to live, so I'm taking it back."

The discussion continues, and everybody we spoke with today has an opinion. And although some of those opinions were different, they say they are united about one thing.

"I sure do like Chick-fil-a," said Sturgeon.

While we didn't see protesters out at the Chick-fil-a when we stopped by Wednesday, we have learned that GLAAD has planned a national "Kiss-In" for Friday, August 3rd, encouraging supporters of same-sex marriage to engage in public displays of affection at neighborhood Chick-fil-a restaurants.

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