WASHINGTON, D.C. (KKCO) Protesters demonstrated near a mobile Chick-Fil-A lunch truck on Thursday in Washington. The company's CEO does not support same-sex marriage. D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray said he does not support "hate chicken" in his city. Governor Tim Pawlenty said officials threatening a business for having a different political opinion is "chilling and jaw-dropping." "I have historically been a supporter of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender rights and I will continue to be so. You know, when people don't support marriage equality, it is the law here in the District of Columbia, people who don't support human rights for everybody, there just is no place for them in this city," says Gray.
"No, we don't do that in the United States. We can have civil disagreements about our view versus another view, but we don't use the power of government to try to intimidate and chill and retaliate against people for exercising their free speech rights. That's outrageous," says Pawlenty.
The mayors of Chicago, San Francisco and Boston have talked about denying business permits to open Chick-Fil-A restaurants.
Pawlenty was speaking at a Mitt Romney campaign event in North Carolina.