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HOUSTON Same-sex couples and supporters of marriage equality planned Friday to gather at Chick-fil-A restaurants across the country to protest the food-chain president s support of traditional marriage.

Gay-rights groups encouraged same-sex couples to go to the restaurants and kiss to protest Dan Cathy s beliefs.

On Wednesday, supporters showed up by the hundreds to eat at Chick-fil-A locations around the country, including Houston. They labeled the event Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.

This is supposed to be the land of the free, but yet, if you don t agree with some people, you re wrong, said one supporter.

Others disagreed.

It would really be nice if Chick-fil-A would just get in the business of making great chicken, and stay out of the business of inequality, said a protester.

The company said in a statement the turnout made for an unprecedented day, although they didn t release exact sales numbers.

The Chick-fil-A culture and 66-year-old service tradition in our restaurants is to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect - regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender, the statement read.

Chick-fil-A President and COO Dan Cathy first stirred the controversy when he made remarks about marriage last month on a radio show.

I think we re 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 that thinks we have the audacity to redefine what marriage is all about, Cathy said on The Ken Coleman Show.

In a later interview with The Baptist Press, Cathy said his company was guilty as charged for backing the biblical definition of a family.

Meanwhile in Georgia, a same-sex couple has asked Cathy to have dinner with them so they can discuss same-sex marriage.

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