Long lines of hungry supporters of Chick-fil-A came to a restaurant on Va. 610 in North Stafford on Wednesday following company CEO Dan Cathy’s statement that marriage should be between a man and a woman. (Photo: Mary Davidson/PotomacLocal.com)

NORTH STAFFORD, Va. – The Chick-fil-A restaurant in North Stafford, and many across the country, can thank Mike Huckabee for a major uptick in business on Wednesday.

The former Arkansas governor and 2008 Republican presidential candidate turned TV talk show host urged supporters of the popular chicken sandwich franchise to turn out in droves. In a rallying cry for what was “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day,” Huckabee in a post on his Facebook page stated he became “incensed at the vitriolic assaults on the Chick Fil-A company” following CEO Dan Cathy’s comments stating marriage should be between a man and a woman.

By 7 p.m. Wendesday, a Chick-fil-A restaurant on Va. 610 in North Stafford had a line that reached out the door. The restaurant served so many guests that it ran out of food and told customers it would close early at 8 p.m.

It was a similar story at a Chick-fil-A on Prince William Parkway in Woodbridge. Already the highest grossing Chick-fil-A in the nation, a line of cars to get into the already busy fast food restaurant backed up onto the parkway.

Store managers said they planned to bring in extra staff to handle the volume, and that they planned to do the same level of sales on Wednesday that they normally do on Saturdays.

Protesters in support of gay marriage tomorrow plan to rally outside Chick-fil-A restaurants in opposition to Cathy’s statement.