The scenario was the same at Mount Berry Square mall where Romans were lined around the food court to show support for the restaurant chain, which inadvertently found itself in the middle of a firestorm following Cathy’s comments.
“I think we are inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at him and say, ‘We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage,’ and I pray God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to try to redefine what marriage is about,” Cathy said in an appearance on the Ken Coleman show.
City officials in Boston, Chicago and Washington, D.C., immediately assailed Cathy for what they termed “anti-gay” comments.
Janice Duncan was with a group of four Harbin Clinic employees who waited through the long line at the mall for lunch.
“We believe that it’s a man and woman’s marriage, and that’s our right and we’re here in support of (Dan Cathy),” Duncan said.
“When freedom of speech of an individual is encroached upon, especially because they promote a traditional family value, people of a same mind set need to take a stand, and this is a small way to do that,” said David Kenemer as he waited through a 30-minute line to get lunch at the Dwarf House.
Jim Arp said he felt that anyone who owns a business has a right to their opinion. “Their business shouldn’t be held responsible by an intolerant group of people who want tolerance,” Arp said.
Dwarf House manager Greg Major said he was expecting a large crowd Wednesday. “We’re just trying our best to keep up. It’s a little bit overwhelmed, but it’s a great day,” Major said.