The culture battle over LGBT equality being waged at Chick-Fil-A restaurants across the country including here in Lafayette is expected to flare up Wednesday as calorie-consuming conservatives are expected to rally to defend the evangelical fast food chain against calls for a boycott by showing up en masse at franchises queuing up for the chain’s famed deluxe chicken sandwiches (500 calories) and waffle fries (300 calories). Russia-seeing Sarah Palin has already underscored her bona fides by popping into a Chick-Fil-A in the Woodlands, Texas, recently and tweeting a photo of it.

Former Arkansas governor, presidential candidate and current conservative radio host Mike Huckabee is urging the like-minded via Facebook to show their support by patronizing Chick-Fil-As on Wednesday.

An online petition drive, meanwhile, seeking to oust a Chick-Fil-A from the Conference Center on the UL campus has generated a few hundred “signatures.” Earlier this year following a 31-5 vote against Chick-Fil-A by its Student Senate, Northeastern University in Boston scrapped plans to allow a franchise on its campus.

The brouhaha over Chick-Fil-A has been simmering for years. The company is owned by evangelical Christians whose charitable foundation, WinShape, has donated millions of dollars to virulently anti-gay groups like Focus on the Family and Exodus International, a “pray away the gay” group.

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