Read the transcript of Roland Martin's interview with Mike Hucakbee below.
Best known for its tasty chicken, Chick-fil-A has cooked up a big batch of controversy of late and now supporters of the company's stance on gay marriage is seeking support by consumers in the form of eating.
Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee is attempting to rally people together in support of Chick-fil-A's anti-gay marriage stance with a large eat-in demonstration.
Former Arkansas Gover Mike Huckabee, now a Baptist minister, is asking people to join him in a "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day" to support a company with a large eat-in demonstration. Huckabee praises the restaurant chain, saying Chick-fil-A is "willing to take a stand for Godly values."
A couple of weeks ago, Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy weighed in on the controversial issue, saying his company backs the traditional family unit and does not believe in same-sex marriage.
Cathy's stance has since sparked large reaction throughout the country on both sides of the argument.
Huckabee plans to have the "celebration" on August 1 and so far has over 14,000 RSVPs for the event. The goal is to gather at a local Chick-fil-A, eat, and show support. The event is intended to be a counter-protest of the same-sex marriage proponents who will be protesting the company August 3.
Cities including Boston and Chicago have promised to ban the restaurant in their cities.
Huckabee talked with the Tom Joyner Morning Show today about the pending event, saying it will be "supporting the right to free speech."
"Nobody has alleged that the company has discriminated against its employees," where Huckabee says a problem could arise if the company did that.
However, since the company has never had any of these problems, Huckabee attests that people should not be fighting the company because they disagree with Cathy's personal views.
He claims that people are "trying to ruin a business, when we need every job in America," reiterating that this outrage is not just and does not represent "the America where people at least have the right to be free."
Huckabee says his event is not a protest and has even asked supporters not to bring signs or be disruptive.