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Hundreds support Coralville Chick-fil-A after President's comments

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Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy set off a firestorm after comments he made to a Christian media organization regarding his views on marriage.

The fast food chain president told a reporter the restaurant is supportive of the Biblical definition of a family unit, meaning marriage is between a man and woman. Critics say the remarks were hateful to the gay community.

While there have been campaigns online to boycott the franchise, supporters designated Wednesday as "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day."

Long lines filled the Coral Ridge Mall's food court in Coralville as people went to great lengths to show their support for Chick-fil-A.

"We feel it's very important to express our feelings that a business should exist without being criticized or shut down just because of their political views," said Nancy Ryder of Illinois.

Ryder and her husband had lunch Wednesday for their first time ever at a Chick-fil-A and went well out of their way to do so.

"We are on our way home from a trip to Colorado and we felt extremely passionate today about stopping," Ryder said. 

The restaurant issued a statement in response to all of the support reading:

"Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day was not created by Chick-fil-A. We appreciate all of our customers and are glad to serve them at any time. Our goal is simple: to provide great food, genuine hospitality and to have a positive influence on all who come into contact with Chick-fil-A."

Still, plenty are infuriated with the comments that sparked all of this.

Some say they will refuse to spend their dollars at the restaurant in the future.

"I think it's wrong that a fast food place would even take a stand on anything of the sort.  I honestly wouldn't eat there anymore," said Cassandra Rolon of Iowa City. 

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