PICKET:(AUDIO)REP. Barney Frank - Gov't shouldn't discriminate against Chick fil A

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Congressman Barney Frank, Massachusetts Democrat, gave me his thoughts on Thursday about the Chick fil A debate. 

“I think it’s entirely legitimate for individuals to say, ‘I don’t want to eat there.’ I don’t think government should discriminate against Chick fil A because of the views of the owner,” said Mr. Frank the only openly gay member of Congress who recently married his partner.  “I wouldn’t want to personally eat there. I wouldn’t want to support a guy who thinks I shouldn’t have my rights, but I don’t think the government should do that.” (Listen here)

In an interview with the Baptist Press, Chick fil A CEO Dan Cathy discussed his support for traditional marriage recently. His remarks set off a firestorm of criticism and reactions from mayors of cities like: Chicago, San Francisco, and Boston who made it clear the fast chain was not welcome in their cities.

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee tweeted last week:

“Closest #ChickFilA to San Francisco is 40 miles away & I strongly recommend that they not try to come any closer.” – @mayoredlee 

“Very disappointed #ChickFilA doesn’t share San Francisco’s values & strong commitment to equality for everyone.” – @mayoredlee

At a press conference on Thursday on capitol hill, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, would only say on the issue that she was a “Kentucky Fried Chicken fan,” when I asked her thoughts on the controversy. “That’s where my loyalty lies,” she said. “I believe in freedom of expression, but I believe the mayor of San Francisco has freedom of expression as well,” she added. VIDEO BELOW 

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Kerry Picket

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Kerry Picket, a former Opinion Blogger/Editor of The Watercooler, was associate producer for the Media Research Center, a content producer for Robin Quivers of "The Howard Stern Show" on Sirius satellite radio and a production assistant and copy writer at MTV.

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