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Bruce Carroll, a popular conservative gay blogger, said he went to a restaurant near Fort Mill, S.C., around 2 p.m., but “it was too crowded to get in.”

Just before 8 p.m., Mr. Carroll and his partner John Ciccone went to a Charlotte, N.C., Chick-fil-A for dinner instead, and Mr. Carroll posted a picture of a half-eaten sandwich with the comment “the sweet taste of freedom.”

He later snarkily noted: “This was a difficult accomplishment, but the lines at @ChikFilA were longer than Obama-induced unemployment lines.”

Pennsylvania software developer Sean McCune posted several photos to his Twitter account and later to his blog of his local Chick-Fil-A in Cranberry Township, Pa., with lines going out the door and standing room only inside the restaurant.

Tabitha Hale, new media director for the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity, said she stopped at a Hermitage, Tenn., Chick-Fil-A around 9:30 a.m. on the way to Nashville Airport, only to find the drive-in queue so long that she decided to go into the restaurant instead.

Once inside, she learned the restaurant already was serving the lunch menu. According to her Twitter feed, a worker told her: “we ran out of breakfast. It’s been a crazy morning.”

Erick Erickson, editor-in-chief of the popular blog Red State and a conservative commentator for CNN, had an even “worse” experience.

“Went to Chick-Fil-A for breakfast. The crowd was so big I gave up,” he wrote on Twitter.

New Jersey Web developer Steven Greydanus went to a Chick-Fil-A in Paramus, N.J., and said that there were waits of 30 minutes just to get ordered food, that the extra staff was “overwhelmed” and that the manager was “handing out coupons,” though he added that people seemed to be in a good mood.

“When I told people at the end of the line” as he was leaving, “that there were over 100 people ahead of them on line, they CHEERED,” said Mr. Greydanus, who also is a film critic for the National Catholic Register.

That wasn’t the first Jersey cheer.

“So this ChickFilA employee walks out into the food court into the middle of the line and cheers the crowd — and they cheer back,” Mr. Greydanus earlier said.

Many gay activists have labeled Mr. Cathy as a close-minded bigot, but Christians point out that while he supports traditional marriage, that doesn’t make him anti-gay.

They are disappointed that liberals call for tolerance of progressive beliefs, but don’t show that same tolerance for conservative values.

“I think tolerance has now turned into being tolerant of the left’s beliefs, but if you (don’t agree) with the left’s beliefs, then you’re a hater,” Ms. Dana said.

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