Evangelist Billy Graham on Wednesday joined the thousands of Americans showing their support for Chick-Fil-A with a purchase at the fast-food chain.

Wednesday's Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day called on conservatives to patronize the eateries to support CEO Dan Cathy. Cathy created a firestorm of protest when he said that gay marriage is “inviting God's judgment on our nation.”

Last week, Graham, 93, issued a statement praising founder Truett Cathy and his son Dan Cathy for “their strong stand for the Christian faith.”

“I've known their family for many years and have watched them grow Chick-Fil-A into one of the best businesses in America while never compromising their values,” Graham said.

“Each generation faces different issues and challenges, but our standard must always be measured by God's word. I appreciate the Cathy family's public support for God's definition of marriage.”

According to The New York Times, the statement was more likely written by Franklin Graham, Billy Graham's son who now runs his ministry.

“Considering Mr. Graham's age and limited mobility, his statement was more an expression of sentiment and solidarity with the Cathy family and their cause than actually a commitment to go to a Chick-Fil-A himself,” A. Larry Ross, a spokesman for Billy Graham, said.

In an separate e-mail, Ross confirmed that Graham “enjoyed a Chick-Fil-A sandwich, waffle fries, sweet tea and a chocolate shake for lunch at home” on Wednesday.