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.


  1. Mona says

    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.

  2. says

    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.

  3. robert says

    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.

  4. melvin says

    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.

  5. truthiness says

    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…

  6. Josh says

    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…

  7. says

    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.

  8. HadenoughBS says

    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.

  9. Robert in NYC says

    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.

  10. Matt says

    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.

  11. Tom in long beach says

    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.

  12. Adam F says

    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.

  13. KJ says

    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!

  14. Craig says

    Try to use a cell phone these days that doesn’t have Microsoft, Google or Apple in it somehow. Even your Blackberry is made by a Canadian company (RIM) and you know what’s legal in Canada…

    Also I’m pretty sure there are other coffee shops out there. But I wouldn’t tell they barista why you’re there instead of Starbucks…your coffee might taste a little off.

  15. BABH says

    “Having waded into a social issue where Starbucks has no special competence…”

    No special competence!?! Starbucks has 150,000 employees, 5500 locations, and is very good at making money. If Starbucks has determined that marriage equality is good for business and good for employee retention, then that decision is very much within their “special competence.”

  16. Pdxblueys says

    Brian Brown. Not until the day comes that YOUR most basic rights are voted on by the people, will this EVER be a two way street on tolerance and acceptance. I suggest you crawl back into your cave and resume your long winters nap. Or better yet, park your head back up your ass and get over your closeted, mod self- Grrrrrl.

  17. JH says

    Well following NOM’s logic “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,” I should be able to shop at Target, Best Buy, Home Depot, Wal-Mart without worrying that a portion of the companies profit’s are going to be donated to an Anti-Gay organization to push their misguided views without disclosure.

  18. Randy says

    I don’t think the poeple who go into Starbucks, worries too much about what NOM thinks. Most of Starbucks consumers are far more evolved then the poeple at NOM. Most of NOM’s people still have the chimpanze mentality. You know, still dragging their hands on the ground!

  19. Mary says

    I’m not really sure I understand what the folks at NOM are saying. Are they criticizing Starbucks’s right to give its money to owhom it wants? Or are they just complaining about the choices that Starbucks’s management/owners are making about where the money will go? Companies are run by human beings. Those human beings have a right to spend their money where they want to. People who are offended at Starbucks’s choices of causes are free to take their business elsewhere. And I wasn’t aware that having coffee at Starbucks without having your sensibilities offended was a constitutional right. I think NOM is just sounding silly here.

    And please stop using this ghastly photo of Brian. He really is a normal looking man. Everyone takes a bad photo now and then.

  20. tommyboy10T says

    Starbucks has always been a gay friendly establishment…of course they are going to back any marriage equality ammendment. NOM needs to mind their own damn business and stop trying to interfere…I have no idea what these people exist for and I don’t understand what they are trying to protect. Marrige is a joke … people take it for granted … it is a contract and nothing more. The definition needs to be changed to be inclusive to everyone, not just one pair of people!!

  21. jay says

    At least Starbucks is headquartered in Seattle. The thing that pisses me off about NOM the most is how they butt into local elections with their anonymously donated money. Issues in Washington should be worked out by the people that live and work in Washington without the unwanted influence of outside groups.

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