Dozens of young people on Thursday protested the grand opening of a Chick-Fil-A restaurant in Laguna Hills, California.

The demonstrators, members of Youth Empowered to Act (YETA), a project of the Gay and Lesbian Community Services Center of Orange County, distributed fliers informing potential customers of Chick-Fil-A's ties to anti-gay rights groups and offered suggestions for alternatives to the chicken chain.

According to Equality Matters, Chick-Fil-A donated $3 million to groups opposed to gay rights, including the Family Research Council (FRC) and Exodus International, between 2003 and 2009. In 2010, the company gave more than $1.9 million to such groups, more than any other year for which public records are available.

Those donations came under increased scrutiny last year, prompting Chick-Fil-A President Dan Cathy to announce that his company would no longer “champion any political agendas on marriage and family” and claimed that Chick-Fil-A has “no agenda against anyone.”

Last week in an interview with the Christian publication the Baptist Press, Cathy answered, “Well, guilty as charged,” when asked about his company's record of supporting groups opposed to marriage equality. He went on to describe gay marriage as “inviting God's judgment on our nation.”

“Family, friends and teachers support who I am and they don't want to support a company that donates millions to groups working to make life harder for me as well as young adults like me,” 20-year-old Justin McCoy said in a statement released by GLAAD.

“My family and the youth I work with value love, commitment and family,” said Laura Kanter, director of Youth Services at the Center Orange County. “Today a majority of Americans support gay families and companies like Chick-Fil-A are clearly just out of touch.”

Fox News' Mike Huckabee is organizing a “Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day” to be held on Wednesday, August 1. On Wednesday, Rick Santorum tweeted support for the event.