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Thursday, August 2, 2012

Using Twitter, California Politicians Join Chick-fil-A Debate


As Congress wrangles over tax cuts and agricultural assistance heading into the August recess, Representative Nancy Pelosi, Democrat of California, took sides in a different fight Thursday.

“What I tweeted was I'm a Kentucky Fried Chicken fan,” the House minority leader told reporters with a grin.

Ms. Pelosi, who was referring to a preference she expressed on Twitter last week, is one of the many politicians who have joined the recent debate about same-sex marriage, sparked when the president and chief operating officer of Chick-fil-A said the fast food chain supports “the biblical definition of the family unit.”

Among the politicians who have weighed in is Ed Lee, the mayor of San Francisco, who wrote on Twitter last Thursday that he was “very disappointed” in Chick-fil-A's stance.

“Closest #ChickFilA to San Francisco is 40 miles away & I strongly recommend that they not try to come any c loser,” Mr. Lee wrote.

Ms. Pelosi, whose congressional district includes most of San Francisco, said, “I believe in freedom of expression, but I believe the mayor of San Francisco has freedom of expression as well.” The issue is ultimately up to local officials, she said.

Using social media, thousands of people are planning a “same-sex kiss day” at Chick-fil-A locations Friday.

As liberals expressed their displeasure with Chick-fil-A and threatened to boycott, conservatives rallied to the chain's defense. Hundreds of thousands poured into locations all over the country Wednesday to show their support at the suggestion of Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor.

No word on whether Ms. Pelosi prefers her KFC chicken Original Recipe or Extra Crispy.