Of course what would one expect. His call to support the restaurant chain on this day has been echoed and endorsed by several religious right and anti-gay groups as well as some ignorant religious entities.
So while these folks will no doubt inundate the media with videos and photos of today's event, I would like to reassure my lgbtq community and our allies not to worry.
You see we have won already. And when I say that we have won, I don't mean the intangible way that the title of my piece implies.
Our goal has never been about "shutting down Chick-Fil-A."
Our goal has always been to make people aware of just who Chick-Fil-A supports because this issue goes way beyond chicken.
With the money garnered from their customers, Chick-Fil-A supports organizations who
pushes for fake "ex-gay" therapies,
thinks that gays should be criminalized, and
smears the gay community by connecting us to pedophiles.
That's what's so ironic about Huckabee and those who support his "Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day." While they claim to support Chick-Fil-A because the restaurant supposedly embraces "Christian values," very few commented on the organizations supported by Chick-Fil-A.
And one other thing. All of the hyping they have done for Chick-Fil-A has actually helped us bring attention to our grievances.
So to my lgbtq community and our allies, please take what you hear about today from the religious right with a grain of salt as you continue to boycott Chick-Fil-A and educate people on who exactly the restaurant does support.
And above all in everything that you do, show dignity and self-respect.
Because in the long run, those are the two things this boycott is all about.
Editor's note - For those who need information to give to anyone wanting to know why the gay community is boycotting (no matter if that person is a Chick-Fil-A supporter or a member of the press), the following links will help you:
Simple answers to the questions about the Chick-Fil-A boycott
What Chick-Fil-A's money supports - a video montage of homophobia