Chick-fil-A Day? Huckabee calls for conservative support; Jim Henson Co. severs ties over same-sex opposition

July 24, 2012

Over the weekend, Huckabee invited people via Facebook to show support of the company's conservative beliefs.

"I ask you to join me in speaking out on Wednesday, August 1 "Chick fil-A Appreciation Day. No one is being asked to make signs, speeches, or openly demonstrate. The goal is simple." The former GOP presidential contender writes on his Facebook invitation, "Let's affirm a business that operates on Christian principles and whose executives are willing to take a stand for the Godly values we espouse by simply showing up and eating at Chick-Fil-A on Wednesday, August 1."

Huckabee's post came after Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy spoke about the company's opposition to same-sex marriage, saying it's "guilty as charged."

By July 24, around 92,000 people had responded to Huckabee's call for support, which comes just days after The Jim Henson Company announced it had severed ties with Chik-fil-A because of Cathy's comments.

On Facebook, the company wrote, "The Jim Henson Company has celebrated and embraced diversity and inclusiveness for over fifty years and we have notified Chick-Fil-A that we do not wish to partner with them on any future endeavors. Lisa Henson, our CEO is personally a strong supporter of gay marriage and has directed us to donate the payment we received from Chick-fil-A to GLAAD."

Since the note was posted, thousands of Facebook users have also shown their support for the Jim Henson Company, liking and sharing the statement and leaving comments.

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