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Metro area residents show support for Chick-fil-A

Metro area supporters of Chick-fil-A and its President and Chief Operating Officer Dan Cathy braved the triple-digit heat and long lines to eat at the fast food chain on Wednesday, designated by supporters as “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.”

“I just didn't feel like it was right that Mr. Cathy was wrongly victimized for beliefs he held,” David Rader, 55, of Tulsa, said after eating lunch at the Chick-fil-A at 6201 N May in Oklahoma City. “Our family supports the same beliefs that he has held.”

The Rev. Steve Lopp, senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Jones, said he and about 20 members of his congregation drove to the Chick-fil-A at 7331 SE 29 in Midwest City to buy lunch in support of Cathy. Lopp and his wife, Diane, said more members of the church who work or live in the Midwest City area met the group from Jones at the restaurant. The church members waited in a lengthy line that snaked around the building, as they and other customers waited to get inside the store to give their orders.

“We just want to support Chick-fil-A and we appreciate their stand on biblical convictions,” Steve Lopp, 58, said.

His wife agreed.

“When the company's president Dan Cathy spoke, he spoke for a lot of us,” she said.

The drive-thru line at the Chick-fil-A on N May ran the length of the parking lot and out onto the street all the way up to NW 63 and May. At the Chick-fil-A at 52 E 33rd street in Edmond, cars waited in drive-thru lines from at least three different directions. At all three metro locations, many customers parked in nearby shopping center parking lots and walked to the restaurant to dine-in or get their orders to go.

Robyn Matthews, 22, of Oklahoma City, said she parked in a nearby pet store parking lot and walked to the Chick-fil-A on May Avenue on her lunch break. She said it took her about 25 minutes to get her food but the wait was worth the chance to support Cathy's First Amendment right to free speech.

“We live in a country of freedom of speech. It doesn't mean that I believe what he (Cathy) said but he has the right to say it,” Matthews said.

She said many of her co-workers had said they planned to eat at a Chick-fil-A near Quail Springs Mall. Matthews also said one of her relatives tried to eat breakfast at a Chick-fil-A in Tulsa and the manager said the restaurant, flooded with customers, had run out of biscuits about 7 a.m.

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Cars fill the drive-through lane outside the Chick-fil-A at 6201 N May during Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

Cars fill the drive-through lane outside the Chick-fil-A at 6201 N May during Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

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Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman" title="People wait in line to enter the Chick-fil-A at 6201 N May during Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman"><figcaption>People wait in line to enter the Chick-fil-A at 6201 N May during Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-5c9e90cb707ee02f223c380cb969dd7b.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma City Police Sgt. Von Tungeln and a Chick-fil-A employee who asked not to be identified take traffic cones at a Chick-fil-A at 6201 N May to block entry to the parking lot from May to prevent traffic from backing up into the intersection of NW 63rd and May at lunchtime during Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman" title="Oklahoma City Police Sgt. Von Tungeln and a Chick-fil-A employee who asked not to be identified take traffic cones at a Chick-fil-A at 6201 N May to block entry to the parking lot from May to prevent traffic from backing up into the intersection of NW 63rd and May at lunchtime during Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman"><figcaption>Oklahoma City Police Sgt. Von Tungeln and a Chick-fil-A employee who asked not to be identified take traffic cones at a Chick-fil-A at 6201 N May to block entry to the parking lot from May to prevent traffic from backing up into the intersection of NW 63rd and May at lunchtime during Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012. 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Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman"><figcaption>Vehicles fill the drive-thru lane Wednesday at the Chick-fil-A at 6201 N May during “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day” in Oklahoma City. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-21611f2758d21be63afd12e615a6c0f2.jpg" alt="Photo - Traffic cones block entry from May Ave. to the parking lot of the Chick-fil-A at 6201 N May to prevent traffic from backing up into the intersection of NW 63rd and May at lunchtime during Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman" title="Traffic cones block entry from May Ave. to the parking lot of the Chick-fil-A at 6201 N May to prevent traffic from backing up into the intersection of NW 63rd and May at lunchtime during Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman"><figcaption>Traffic cones block entry from May Ave. to the parking lot of the Chick-fil-A at 6201 N May to prevent traffic from backing up into the intersection of NW 63rd and May at lunchtime during Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-957023d2a8350a323797fb7d916209c5.jpg" alt="Photo - People wait in line about 12:30 p.m. Wednesday outside the Chick-fil-A at 7331 SE 29 in Midwest City. Photo by Carla Hinton, The Oklahoman" title="People wait in line about 12:30 p.m. Wednesday outside the Chick-fil-A at 7331 SE 29 in Midwest City. Photo by Carla Hinton, The Oklahoman"><figcaption>People wait in line about 12:30 p.m. Wednesday outside the Chick-fil-A at 7331 SE 29 in Midwest City. Photo by Carla Hinton, The Oklahoman</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-cb691f192d5a7005790ad8acccd9c9e8.jpg" alt="Photo - Cliff Wright “I think people have a right to their beliefs and to express their beliefs.”" title="Cliff Wright “I think people have a right to their beliefs and to express their beliefs.”"><figcaption>Cliff Wright “I think people have a right to their beliefs and to express their beliefs.”</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-63b195c099a5c81ec5e05a6dc8e54e7d.jpg" alt="Photo - Robyn Matthews “It doesn’t mean that I believe what he (Cathy) said, but he has the right to say it.”" title="Robyn Matthews “It doesn’t mean that I believe what he (Cathy) said, but he has the right to say it.”"><figcaption>Robyn Matthews “It doesn’t mean that I believe what he (Cathy) said, but he has the right to say it.”</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-4a9f44968f35dcfc767b27f98427c06a.jpg" alt="Photo - June Sparks “He took it from the Bible, and that’s what I believe, too.”" title="June Sparks “He took it from the Bible, and that’s what I believe, too.”"><figcaption>June Sparks “He took it from the Bible, and that’s what I believe, too.”</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-8f4edf288a4483316e171b1342c0e731.jpg" alt="Photo - Blaire Ring He said he did not think Chick-fil-A should be bashed because of the leaders’ beliefs." title="Blaire Ring He said he did not think Chick-fil-A should be bashed because of the leaders’ beliefs."><figcaption>Blaire Ring He said he did not think Chick-fil-A should be bashed because of the leaders’ beliefs.</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-d630d28781e30d337714b5441da1ddbc.jpg" alt="Photo - Diane Lopp “When the company’s president, Dan Cathy, spoke, he spoke for a lot of us.”" title="Diane Lopp “When the company’s president, Dan Cathy, spoke, he spoke for a lot of us.”"><figcaption>Diane Lopp “When the company’s president, Dan Cathy, spoke, he spoke for a lot of us.”</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-b470afda3b3cd46836aaeb169663fd35.jpg" alt="Photo - The Rev. Steve Lopp “We just want to support Chick-fil-A, and we appreciate their stand on biblical convictions.”" title="The Rev. Steve Lopp “We just want to support Chick-fil-A, and we appreciate their stand on biblical convictions.”"><figcaption>The Rev. Steve Lopp “We just want to support Chick-fil-A, and we appreciate their stand on biblical convictions.”</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-9bc3038c226683eac2fd7b2e65c3207d.jpg" alt="Photo - Wayne Foote “He (Chick-fil-A’s Dan Cathy) didn’t speak against anyone. He just exercised his First Amendment right to speak.”" title="Wayne Foote “He (Chick-fil-A’s Dan Cathy) didn’t speak against anyone. He just exercised his First Amendment right to speak.”"><figcaption>Wayne Foote “He (Chick-fil-A’s Dan Cathy) didn’t speak against anyone. He just exercised his First Amendment right to speak.”</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-42e8cb8732407078c717aaf6560c83bf.jpg" alt="Photo - People wait in line to enter the Chick-fil-A at 6201 N May during Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman" title="People wait in line to enter the Chick-fil-A at 6201 N May during Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman"><figcaption>People wait in line to enter the Chick-fil-A at 6201 N May during Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-10ccab73c4c0ec5de6a3d03aed262f0f.jpg" alt="Photo - People form a line outside the Chick-fil-A at 6201 N May during "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day" in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman" title="People form a line outside the Chick-fil-A at 6201 N May during "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day" in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman"><figcaption>People form a line outside the Chick-fil-A at 6201 N May during "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day" in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-47ecbbd74a954b9b45d07497077735d8.jpg" alt="Photo - Traffic cones block entry from May Ave. to the parking lot of the Chick-fil-A at 6201 N May to prevent traffic from backing up into the intersection of NW 63rd and May at lunchtime during Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman" title="Traffic cones block entry from May Ave. to the parking lot of the Chick-fil-A at 6201 N May to prevent traffic from backing up into the intersection of NW 63rd and May at lunchtime during Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman"><figcaption>Traffic cones block entry from May Ave. to the parking lot of the Chick-fil-A at 6201 N May to prevent traffic from backing up into the intersection of NW 63rd and May at lunchtime during Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-a7be0e359092460a0b6de9750caac22b.jpg" alt="Photo - Letha Manous leaves the Chick-fil-A at 6201 N May with her lunch in a to-go bag during Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012. Manous said she waited about 30 minutes in line. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman" title="Letha Manous leaves the Chick-fil-A at 6201 N May with her lunch in a to-go bag during Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012. Manous said she waited about 30 minutes in line. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman"><figcaption>Letha Manous leaves the Chick-fil-A at 6201 N May with her lunch in a to-go bag during Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012. Manous said she waited about 30 minutes in line. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-f8565ceed9482c9f8d2b131177199c09.jpg" alt="Photo - Cars fill the drive-through lane outside the Chick-fil-A at 6201 N May during Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman" title="Cars fill the drive-through lane outside the Chick-fil-A at 6201 N May during Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman"><figcaption>Cars fill the drive-through lane outside the Chick-fil-A at 6201 N May during Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-914da4d6810fbcd25ef8e401d6cb5b19.jpg" alt="Photo - outside the Chick-fil-A at 6201 N May during Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman" title="outside the Chick-fil-A at 6201 N May during Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman"><figcaption>outside the Chick-fil-A at 6201 N May during Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-3bd8a87b5574da437fc1b7bf28027b31.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma City Police Sgt. Von Tungeln and a Chick-fil-A employee who asked not to be identified take traffic cones at a Chick-fil-A at 6201 N May to block entry to the parking lot from May to prevent traffic from backing up into the intersection of NW 63rd and May at lunchtime during Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman" title="Oklahoma City Police Sgt. Von Tungeln and a Chick-fil-A employee who asked not to be identified take traffic cones at a Chick-fil-A at 6201 N May to block entry to the parking lot from May to prevent traffic from backing up into the intersection of NW 63rd and May at lunchtime during Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman"><figcaption>Oklahoma City Police Sgt. Von Tungeln and a Chick-fil-A employee who asked not to be identified take traffic cones at a Chick-fil-A at 6201 N May to block entry to the parking lot from May to prevent traffic from backing up into the intersection of NW 63rd and May at lunchtime during Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-72a6bc7e4c4763ee4da13697b90209c9.jpg" alt="Photo - Chick-fil-A on I-240 in South OKC at lunch. (by SMR, Mustang)" title="Chick-fil-A on I-240 in South OKC at lunch. (by SMR, Mustang)"><figcaption>Chick-fil-A on I-240 in South OKC at lunch. (by SMR, Mustang)</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-aa8138825d627f3301e0153fe4c79941.jpg" alt="Photo - Chic-fil-A on SW 74th and Western was a madhouse during lunch hours today....filled with supporters and few protesters. Submitted by Jessica Hernandez" title="Chic-fil-A on SW 74th and Western was a madhouse during lunch hours today....filled with supporters and few protesters. Submitted by Jessica Hernandez"><figcaption>Chic-fil-A on SW 74th and Western was a madhouse during lunch hours today....filled with supporters and few protesters. Submitted by Jessica Hernandez</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-0e2f5876b6e7a377a87206d21cc9a0f5.jpg" alt="Photo - \"Max\" with \"We The People\" at Chick-fil-A Denver. Submitted by Pastor Denise" title="\"Max\" with \"We The People\" at Chick-fil-A Denver. Submitted by Pastor Denise"><figcaption>\"Max\" with \"We The People\" at Chick-fil-A Denver. Submitted by Pastor Denise</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-ee70964e460f41c37017d40cd182841a.jpg" alt="Photo - " title=""><figcaption></figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-fc1eca83b831a2cab12dc4f0584c9b0a.jpg" alt="Photo - Showing support at Midwest City Chick-fil-A! Photo provided by Thomas Esparza." title="Showing support at Midwest City Chick-fil-A! Photo provided by Thomas Esparza."><figcaption>Showing support at Midwest City Chick-fil-A! Photo provided by Thomas Esparza.</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-324ba6c3a4b82942154c5d4f3e19c96e.jpg" alt="Photo - Submitted by JoAnna McCall" title="Submitted by JoAnna McCall"><figcaption>Submitted by JoAnna McCall</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-c293c84df888f3cbcc8e3f12de05a668.jpg" alt="Photo - submitted by Jonathan Card" title="submitted by Jonathan Card"><figcaption>submitted by Jonathan Card</figcaption></figure>
Carla Hinton

Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide... Read more ›

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