By Geneva Sands - 08/02/12 10:00 PM EDT
Last Friday Pelosi Tweeted a short, but pointed message with the hashtag "#ChickFilA."
For the record, I prefer Kentucky Fried Chicken.— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) July 27, 2012
Her tweet came after Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy told the Baptist Press in July "guilty as charged" when asked about the company's position on traditional marriage.
"We are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that," he said, according to the Baptist Press.
His comments angered advocates of gay-marriage rights, spurring calls to protest the fast-food chain, but it also elicited an outpouring of appreciation from supporters, including many lawmakers.
The dissension prompted mayors, including Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel (D) and Boston Mayor Tom Menino (D) to voice opposition to the 1,600-plus-establishments chain.
San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee tweeted a couple of messages directed at the Atlanta-based company, including suggesting that Chick-fil-A not "try to come any closer" to the city.
Closest— Edwin Lee (@mayoredlee) July 26, 2012
#ChickFilA to San Francisco is 40 miles away & I strongly recommend that they not try to come any closer.
Very disappointed— Edwin Lee (@mayoredlee) July 26, 2012
#ChickFilA doesn't share San Francisco's values & strong commitment to equality for everyone.
The California congresswoman said she would leave local matters up to local governments.
"I believe in freedom of expression, but I believe that the mayor of San Francisco has freedom of expression as well," she said.