Chick-fil-A Is “A-OK” With Wisconsin’s Families

Outpouring of Support for Traditional Marriage in Racine Today

(Photo courtesy of Bill Lichter)

Wisconsin Family Council took part in humbling history today as folks from all over the state of Wisconsin, as well as many Illinoians, stood with Chick-fil-A and supported free speech and religious liberty. From the time the doors of Chick-fil-A in Racine opened at 10 a.m. there was a line of people waiting to make a purchase to show their support for the company’s stand on traditional marriage and biblical principles. The hoards of supporters who came out today, Imagedeemed “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day” by former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, were indicative of the great value Wisconsinites place on traditional marriage, free speech, and religious freedom. Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy’s adherence to high standards were honored by this franchise in Racine, which was well-prepared as employees greeted each customer with a smile, refilled beverages in the mall seating area and took hot food to waiting customers. From time to time, one of the staff members walked along the snaking line of supporters to thank them for their patience and reassure them they would be taken care of as quickly as possible.

Wisconsin Family Council took a firm stand alongside Chick-fil-A today and put their money where their values are by giving away $5 gift cards to the first 200-300 customers. The “Stand With Chick-fil-A/Stand For Traditional Marriage” appreciation effort by Wisconsin Family Council was met with grateful enthusiasm from Chick-fil-A supporters, many of whom had not known about the giveaway.

Wisconsin Family Council president Julaine Appling stated, “We are not surprised at this turnout. What we witnessed today was what we know to be true about Wisconsin’s people – they stand by traditional family values and aren’t afraid to say so.

“I met hundreds of excited folks that came from all over our great state as well as many of our neighbors from Illinois; all had one common bond – to place a stamp of approval on Chick-fil-A with a purchase using their hard-earned money. Today, across the nation, the American people have spoken with their dollars and their patience. Wisconsinites came together to strongly affirm the lifelong, faithful union of a man and a woman, to take a stand for religious liberty and to defend the constitution.”


WI Family Council President Julaine Appling Lends Interview to Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

You can watch the full interview of Wisconsin Family Council president Julaine Appling with WTMJ HERE.

Listen to Julaine Appling’s interview with Mike Huckabee HERE.

Wisconsin Family Council champions traditional marriage statewide by various programs and efforts. Together with our sister organization, Wisconsin Family Action, we are committed to strengthening and preserving marriage and family in the state of Wisconsin on every front.


  • Julaine Appling interviews Milwaukee County Supervisor Deanna Alexander HERE.
  • A Sheboygan Chick-fil-A customer lends an interview to Julaine Appling HERE.
  • A Racine Dad talks to Wisconsin Family Council when he comes to patronize Chick-fil-A today HERE.

5 comments on “Chick-fil-A Is “A-OK” With Wisconsin’s Families

  1. Marcia Smith says:

    As soon as I received the email from WFA regarding the effort to provide gift cards to Chik-fil-A customers, I immediately gave my support to the project. A Wisconsinite and Christian myself, and being born and raised in Georgia, I fully appreciate the Biblical stand of the franchise owner, not to mention applaud their delicious food. I could not make the trip to Racine myself to partake in the day of appreciation, but I thank WFA for making this project known and for publicly supporting such a worthy company and cause. Eat More Chik’n!

  2. Denise Roland says:

    I want to THANK WFA for taking a stand with Chik-fil-A also! What a great testimonial this whole “episode” has been… I love what was written on your website: “Chick-fil-A has withstood, with grace and conviction, harsh criticism from the media, prominent national leadership, and gay organizations” because that’s what will really make an imprint. We are showing by our stance, as is Chik-fil-A – not the hatred and anger that “the other side of this” is showing, but that it’s about the choice of life (sin) that we can’t agree with, and can separate that from the person themself.

    Hopefully, if they hold their “kiss-in” there will be many Christians available to hand out tracts and give them testimony to God’s plan for their lives! What a GREAT opportunity for it….Let’s Spread The Word on that idea!!!!

    • Mike B says:

      Denise, I think the reason that you perceive so much ‘hate and anger’ about the issue from “the other side of this” is that you have a group of people (with whom you seem to identify) that are paying money to take away LGBT people’s rights and to denigrate them, while attempting to use the government to force their religious beliefs on others who don’t hold those same beliefs (because clearly the majority of Americans, thank God, do not think the way you do about the issue). You have no pony in this race, therefore nothing to lose, and no emotional attachment, while LGBT people have a lot to lose, namely their right to marry, which equates to equality, family rights, and financial considerations. So, you need to understand why their emotions might run hot.

      As far as CFA goes, it is their right to express their beliefs through their business. It’s equally everyone else’s right to protest or support that decision. Companies that make those stances publicly generally end up either backing down or losing business because of it – basically, the majority doesn’t agree with them. Time has proven that.

  3. gmaziarka says:

    Mike, Thanks for your comments and for your respectful way in communicating your opposition. All other statements aside, you hit the nail on the head when you said, “As far as CFA goes, it is their right to express their beliefs through their business.” That is what this is about – religious liberty. Plain and simple. Your statements, otherwise, are broad and do not reflect statistics, merely your opinion.

    • Mike B says:

      G: If you could please point to which statements are broad, I’m happy to clarify. As far as the statistics, I would point to polls showing majority support for gay marriage from Pew Research, CBS News, New York Times, CNN – just to name a few. I’m sure there are more.

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