Long Lines Show Support for Chick-Fil-A

By Sylvia Gonzalez
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND/ODESSA - Chick-Fil-A is already a busy fast food chain in the Basin but on Wednesday it was even more hectic. The lines wrapped around the building and cars poured out into the street from the drive thru.

"I am here to protest the gays. We are a free country and I think we should go where we want to go and say what we want to say and I don't think anyone should cut off a company," Midland Resident, Ann Curtis, said.

Young and old turned out to show their support for Chick-Fil-A, but others say this is a public spectacle that will cause more harm than good.

"I think it's stupid if you wanna go to Chick-Fil-A and eat, go to Chick-Fil-A and eat. I don't care go Taco Villa and eat, but why do you have to make such a big deal out of it that's going to cause more problems," Odessa Resident, Debbie Smith, said.

Meanwhile, other Basin businesses say it's about supporting freedom of speech.

"We certainly are in favor of freedom of speech and as a company I wouldn't say we take a particular stand as a company. Everyone holds their own personal beliefs, but we do definitely believe in freedom of speech. We were unable to go out to the restaurant, we decided to bring a piece of the restaurant here and so we are serving their delicious lemonade and chocolate chip cookies for our customers," Laura De Leon, with Texas West Hearing, said.

The views and opinions on same sex marriage was that of the President of Chick-Fil-A, not all franchise owners feel that way.

Rusty Dunn, who is the franchise owner at the Odessa location, didn't want to be on camera but he did say their intent is to leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena.

Gordon Schrank, the Midland franchise owner, tells NewsWest 9, he is not surprised the support the city of Midland of shown.

"The people of Midland have just come out and just been so gracious, they waited a long time, I suspect this will be the busiest day we've ever had," Schrank said.