National Same-Sex Kiss Day at Chick-fil-A wasn’t planned as a rebuttal to former Gov. Mike Huckabee’s Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day, but many will see it that way.

People across the country lined up at their local Chick-fil-A restaurants Wednesday to show their support of the Atlanta-based restaurant.

Huckabee declared Aug. 1 as “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day” after the company’s Chief Operating Officer Dan Cathy came under fire for comments he made in which he affirmed his view that the biblical definition of marriage should be upheld.

But Wednesday is just the first of two key dates for the chicken chain. The second, organized by gay rights supporters in response to Cathy’s comments, will happen on Friday.

Organizers of National Same-Sex Kiss Day at Chick-fil-A say on their Facebook page that the event was set up before Huckabee announced his plans for Wednesday, and was not created as a response to his appreciation day.

Huckabee said Thursday morning he does not have a problem with the protest.

“That’s America,” he said on Fox News. “As long as they’re orderly. As long as they don’t disrupt the flow of customers and traffic.”

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