Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day gets tea party support in Northridge

A local tea party group flocked to a Northridge Chick-fil-A Wednesday morning as part of "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day," a nationwide effort to show support for the fast-food chain recently criticized over its chief executive's comments on gay marriage.

More than a dozen people stood outside the Northridge Chick-fil-A on Wednesday morning, waving American flags and holding signs that read, "Free to speak, to build, to boycott." The event was organized by the San Fernando Valley Patriots, a local arm of the tea party.

"That man — just like you or I — has a right to say, 'This is what I believe' and not be punished for it," Karen Kenney, of the San Fernando Valley Patriots, told KTLA.

The Northridge restaurant declined to comment, and referred questions to the company's corporate office.

Kenney was referencing comments made by Chick-fil-A's Dan Cathy in a recent interview with theBaptist Press, where the chief executive said that although he doesn't consider Chick-fil-A a "Christian business," he does operate on "biblical principles."

— Kate Mather, Los Angeles Times 

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