Did Mitt Romney chicken out?
The Republican presidential candidate refused to weigh in on the controversy surrounding Chick-fil-A.
Hundreds of thousands of conservatives and evangelicals waited in long lines this week to show their appreciation to the restaurant chain after they came under fire for supporting traditional marriage.
Gay rights activists held a much smaller protest today – encouraging homosexuals to stage kiss-ins at Chick-fil-A restaurants across the nation.
Romney was asked about the Chick-fil-A controversy during a press conference in Las Vegas. He was also asked about Michele Bachmann calling for an investigation into Huma Abedin and her alleged ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.
“Those are not things that are part of my campaign,” Romney said.
However, other politicians have voiced their strong support for the Atlanta-based restaurant chain including Fox News Channel host Mike Huckabee who launched the “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day” event.
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin told Fox News that she was afraid the boycott against Chick-fil-A would have a “chilling effect on our First Amendment rights.”
She said the owner was “getting crucified” simply for supporting a view held by a majority of Americans – that traditional marriage is between one man and one woman.
Rep. Alan Nunnellee R-MS penned a letter to Chick-fil-A that was cosigned by 16 of his colleagues in the House of Representatives.
“The criticism they have received has been appalling,” he wrote. “Elected officials that are now threatening to block new Chick-fil-A restaurants in their cities are acting in a manner that is un-American.”
The congressman was referring to threats made by lawmakers in Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, and Philadelphia to ban the company from opening restaurants.
“Demanding ideological conformity in order to be allowed to run your business is a dangerous precedent,” Nunnellee wrote. “It is like something that would happen in Soviet Russia. Clearly a lot of people who like to fashion themselves as open minded and tolerant are actually the most intolerant folks around if you don’t agree with them.”
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi D-CA chimed in on the controversy by announcing that she was a fan of Kentucky Fried Chicken.