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Thousands show support for Chick-fil-A Wednesday

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Video: Hundreds turn out for Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day

Video: Thousands show up for Chick-fil-A appreciaition day

A Chick-fil-A logo is seen on a take out bag at one of its restaurants on July 28, 2012 in Bethesda, Maryland. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

ATLANTA -- Supporters of Chick-fil-A plan to eat at the chain's restaurants Wednesday as the company continues to be criticized for an executive's comments about marriage.

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Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a Baptist minister, declared Wednesday national Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.

Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy told the Baptist Press last month that the Atlanta-based company was "guilty as charged" for backing "the biblical definition of a family." That unleashed a torrent of criticism from gay rights groups and others, who have called for boycotts and efforts to block the chain from opening new stores.

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Opponents of the company's stance are planning "Kiss Mor Chiks" for Friday, when they are encouraging people of the same sex to show up at Chick-fil-A stores around the country and kiss each other.

Are you heading to Chick-fil-A for Appreciation Day? Send pictures of the activity to photos@11alive.com.

(Associated Press)

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