You would have thought they were giving away free food at the Chik-Fil-A restaurants in Bossier City and Shreveport Wednesday. Crowds of people answered the call from conservative politicians to eat at Chik-fil-A to rally around the restaurant’s owner, who said marriage should be between a man and a woman.

This angered gay rights activists, who threatened to retaliate with a “kiss-in” at Chik-fil-A restaurants on Friday.

Apparently, traditional marriage advocates beat them to the punch because parking lots at both eateries were full and lines of people snaked along the sidewalk outside the restaurants.

I arrived at the Chik-fil-A on Youree Drive in Shreveport and found it to be so full of  folks it was like Christmas shopping the day after Thanksgiving.

Several people told me they were there to show support for the owner’s freedom to say what he said about marriage. One husband and wife both said they liked Chik-fil-A because “the owner took a stand and we don’t like gay marriage, either.”

Republicans Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee had encouraged people to eat at Chik-fil-A in support of traditional family values that marriage should be between a man and a woman and against same-sex marriage.

Rush Limbaugh was also telling people on his national radio program that airs during  lunchtime to eat at Chik-fil-A.