In response, liberal lawmakers around the country expressed outrage. Boston Mayor Thomas Menino declared that Chick-Fil-A wasn't welcome in his town, and both Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and a local Chicago Alderman said they'd work to block any proposed restaurants being built in their jurisdiction despite the obvious violation of the First Amendment that implies.
Menino and Emanuel backed off their stances, but former Arkansas Gov. and Fox News host Mike Huckabee thought that pro-family Americans should stand in solidarity with Chick-Fil-A and declared that August 1 would be "Chick-Fil-A day."
Reports have flowed in throughout the country of massive lines for the chicken chain. Here are just a few of the photos.
In Alexandria, Va. from Twitter user @drudgeaddiction:
In West Palm Beach, Fl., from Yahoo!'s Chris Moody:
From Beaumont, Tx., from Twitter user @David Bellow:
From the packed Ft. Myers, Fl., from Townhall columnist Rebecca Hagelin:
Salem Radio Host Mike Gallagher enjoying an on-the-job snack:
From Twitter user @cmcallahan:
From the Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer's Caitlin Dineen:
From Twitter user @WarEagleTaylor:
From Twitter user @RhodaPickett:
From Twitter user @DaNewm outside of Allentown, Pa.:
Here's Salem Radio's Mark Jaycox and Chick-Fil-A franchise owner Dan Stanko outside of a Cleveland restaurant:
Downtown in very liberal Washington, D.C., lunchers were lining up down the street for the chain's innovative Chick-Fil-A truck - via @Tyler2ONeil:
Finally, we've got lines all throughout the restaurant via Twitter user @arnold_lauren:
Now, Chick-Fil-A is usually a busy restaurant, and they do just fine on their own. However, this is a pretty shocking display driven by a few leading pundits and a fairly large grassroots movement. How about you, Townhall readers? Any similar experiences today?