13 News viewer Valerie Tolin shared this photo of the crowds at the Chick-fil-A inside West Ridge Mall Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012.
TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - People packed the food court at Topeka's West Ridge Mall to show support for Chick-fil-A.
Grassroots supporters organized a "Day of Appreciation" for the restaurant. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee was among those pushing the idea.
West Ridge Mall would not allow 13 News inside to capture the response at Topeka's location. Mall management said they wanted to remain neutral on the issue.
However, many viewers contacted 13 News and posted pictures on Facebook, showing hundreds of people standing in a line that crowded the main food court area and at times stretched to the stores on the opposite side.
The action all stems from comments made by Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy, saying he opposed same-sex marriage.
While gay rights groups responded by calling for a boycott, many others turned out for the Wednesday event to show their support.
Chick-fil-A says the company is separate from its president's views, saying the restaurant does not discriminate.
Opponents of Cathy's statements are planning a "Kiss More Chicks" event for Friday. They are asking same-sex couples to show up to Chick-fil-A restaurants across the county and kiss each other.