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