Published: Jul 26, 2012 3:20 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 26, 2012 6:51 PM EDT

The recent proclamation against gay marriage made by Chick-Fil-A CEO, Dan Cathy has caused an uprising from gay activists across the nation.

"We are very much supportive of the family -- the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that," he said in the interview. "We know that it might not be popular with everyone, but thank the Lord, we live in a country where we can share our values and operate on biblical principles."

Gay rights group, Equality Illinois has asked gay and lesbian couples to go to their local Chick-Fil-A restaurant for a "kiss-in" campaign- one of the many protests prompted by the statement, according to CBS.

New York Daily News reported that the Orange County Gay and Lesbian Community Services Center made signs calling for a boycott and were prepared to march outside the grand opening of a new Chick-Fil-A scheduled to open in the area.

Protests like these have been spurring across the country since the statement was released. On the other hand, Chick-Fil-A has also been receiving vocal support from the conservative community.

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee said he has been "incensed at the vitriolic assaults on the Chick Fil-A company because the CEO, Dan Cathy, made comments recently in which he affirmed his view that the Biblical view of marriage should be upheld."

Huckabee has recently been joined by former presidential candidate Rick Santorum in calling for a "Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day" on August 1, for which they've asked their supporters to "just simply have a meal" at and stand behind their local Chick-Fil-A.

With both sides waging war, it is too soon to tell whether or not Cathy's stance will affect the company's bottom line.

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CBS: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57480716/chicago-chick-fil-a-protesters-plan-kiss-in/

New York Daily News: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/chick-fil-a-grand-opening-campout-disrupted-pro-gay-marriage-protest-article-1.1122443?localLinksEnabled=false