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NOM Threatens Starbucks: 'Stay Out of Marriage'


The National Organization for Marriage isn't happy that Starbucks endorsed Washington state's marriage equality bill, pledging "an intensive public relations effort to ask Starbucks customers who favor retaining marriage as the union of husband and wife to complain to company headquarters," according to the anti-gay organization's blog.

Starbucks"Americans should be able to drink a peaceful cup of coffee without worrying that a portion of the company's profits is going to be used to push gay marriage without a vote from the people," said Brown (pictured, above). "This is a gratuitous leap into a hot button culture war issue; respect for diversity touted by Starbucks ought to include respecting the diverse views of all its customers and employees."

Added Jonathan Baker, head of NOM's Corporate Fairness Project: "Increasingly, gay marriage extremists are arguing that people known to oppose same-sex marriage should not be hired, or even, should be fired. Diversity and tolerance are a two-way street. Having waded into a social issue where Starbucks has no special competence, the company has an obligation to reassure its customers, vendors and employees that it will respect the most important diversity—diversity of opinion."

NOM has a big list to tackle if it's going to start going after companies that support equality in Washington. Check out the list HERE.

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  1. My fondest hope is that so many states hop on the same-sex bandwagon, that NOM stretches its limited resources for outrage and their heads explode with a resounding POP.

    Posted by: Mona | Jan 31, 2012 11:18:02 AM

  2. it's just frustrating how stupid bigots are.

    "it's not fair to not respect our right to disrespect others! diversity means we get to be free to disrespect people different from us"

    they dont get it. they're just too stupid.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jan 31, 2012 11:21:24 AM

  3. yeah, like @Little Kiwi says, what a bunch of hypocrites

    Posted by: danjh | Jan 31, 2012 11:25:05 AM

  4. i wonder what computers they use in the NOM office? oh, wait, they aren't calling for people not to use or consume products from companies on that list because then people would just start to ignore them.

    Posted by: robert | Jan 31, 2012 11:29:51 AM

  5. ugly and stupid...inside and out.

    Posted by: doug | Jan 31, 2012 11:29:56 AM

  6. That face... every time... a real shock.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Jan 31, 2012 11:35:47 AM

  7. What will Brian Brown do without his Venti Frappuccino!?

    Posted by: brent | Jan 31, 2012 11:37:42 AM

  8. If it should be put to a vote can the rest of us vote on whether this clown should ever be allowed to show his face again? So sick of the bigots at NOM.

    Posted by: Butch | Jan 31, 2012 11:38:07 AM

  9. Last time I looked, Starbucks was not a tax exempt entity like the Catholic and Mormon churches, both trying to intervene here and derail marriage equality. If anyone needs to shut the hell up it is churches supported by the forcible seizure of money from the rest of us.

    Posted by: melvin | Jan 31, 2012 11:38:45 AM

  10. Said NOM who is backed by the Catholic Church.

    Hey NOM - why don't you release your tax records like the courts ordered you to?

    There's a what else...

    excuse me, I have a Grande Skinny Vanilla Latte waiting...

    Posted by: truthiness | Jan 31, 2012 11:41:35 AM

  11. Last year, NOM was encouraging people to buy themselves a chicken sandwich at Chik-Fil-A because the owners are anti same-sex marriage. Somehow, those owners staking a claim in the NOM identified "culture war" is okay but Starbucks taking a different position is not. Not sure I understand...

    Posted by: Josh | Jan 31, 2012 11:46:30 AM

  12. NOM and their like are not usually customers of Starbucks anyway. They're over at Dunkin Donuts slurping up the coffee with a half dozen donuts!

    Posted by: Married in MA | Jan 31, 2012 11:58:13 AM

  13. Why can't this lisping closet case stay out of marriage? What a pathetic man.

    Posted by: FernLaPlante | Jan 31, 2012 12:08:33 PM

  14. Starbucks should take the lead in refusing to serve Brian Brown for his bigoted and hateful views/speech. If more restaurants started doing that then more bigots would find themselves without.

    Posted by: OS2Guy | Jan 31, 2012 12:12:42 PM

  15. I emailed Starbucks corporate office this morning and applauded them for their pro-LGBT stance on this issue in Washington state. Suggest you do the same. Go to their website and look for the "contact" link at the bottom of the page.

    Posted by: HadenoughBS | Jan 31, 2012 12:29:07 PM

  16. I think I'm gonna start buying more Starbucks.

    Posted by: Mike | Jan 31, 2012 12:29:14 PM

  17. I wish someone from Anonymous would hack into NOM's server and swipe its donor base then let go viral. Imagine Maggie and Brown's hissy fits. I wonder how long their appeals will take before the judges force them to disclose? If they refuse to comply with the court orders, they could lose their tax-exemption as a non-profit and face being shut down as well as face stiff fines.

    Posted by: Robert in NYC | Jan 31, 2012 12:31:28 PM

  18. Funny how professional victims like NOM want diversity to go both ways (not unlike Brian Brown) whenever people call out their hate BS. What they don't get is that no one would have a real problem with them if they weren't trying to inflict their bigotry upon everyone else and pass legislation that reflects that bigotry.

    Here's the difference: gays aren't trying to tell you that you can't be a bigot. Bigots are trying to tell us that we can't be who we are and that we are not equal to them.

    Posted by: Matt | Jan 31, 2012 12:31:54 PM

  19. Like those f*ckers can even afford Starbucks.

    Posted by: Michael | Jan 31, 2012 12:32:35 PM

  20. I don't even like Starbucks coffee, but I am going to make a point of going and buying *something* there anyway. FU, NOM.

    Posted by: justinw | Jan 31, 2012 12:43:53 PM

  21. God DAMN is that man fugly!

    Posted by: Mike | Jan 31, 2012 12:50:35 PM

  22. Yes, they are hypocrites. For example, why do they not demand that Target, Chick-fil-A and Crackerbarrel also keep out of the marriage issue the way they think Starbucks should.

    Posted by: trees | Jan 31, 2012 12:55:41 PM

  23. Yes retard Brian Brown, it is O.K. to disrespect your "Opinion" when it directly affects how much taxes my husband and I have to pay and if he has a right to visit me in a hospital or jail. It is O.K. to disrespect your "Opinion" when it is not based in reality. How about you and your little Catholic and Mormon friends try and do some real good instead of harassing loving couples that often are together for DECADES and just want to be able to take care of each other in sickness and in health for rich or for poor etc... Are you in support of the KKK ? They just have a difference of opinion also.

    Posted by: Tom in long beach | Jan 31, 2012 1:01:44 PM

  24. here are a lot of people out there with "no special competence" that weigh in on these issues, so why can't Starbucks? And since corporations are now people, they have just as much right to express their opinion.

    Posted by: Adam F | Jan 31, 2012 1:10:13 PM

  25. Well, if they're going to boycott Starbucks, they'd better get busy unloading their PCs, Macs and software, since both Microsoft and Apple have a long history of support of LGBT rights. NOM's computers have gay cooties!

    Posted by: KJ | Jan 31, 2012 1:10:14 PM

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