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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. Please, please, please let NOM f*ck with people's coffee! Please! It's like dangling fresh meat into the alligator pen... (lmfao)

    Posted by: Hollywood, CA | Jan 31, 2012 1:19:51 PM

  2. 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.

    Posted by: Craig | Jan 31, 2012 1:36:54 PM

  3. I work for a licensed Starbucks that is owned by a VERY lgbt-friendly employer. So does that make NOM twice as mad at my coffee?

    Posted by: JDB | Jan 31, 2012 1:38:23 PM

  4. "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."

    Posted by: BABH | Jan 31, 2012 4:02:53 PM

  5. 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.

    Posted by: Pdxblueys | Jan 31, 2012 5:13:40 PM

  6. 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.

    Posted by: JH | Jan 31, 2012 5:59:28 PM

  7. "We will when you will." -Starbucks
    If only.

    Posted by: Curtis | Jan 31, 2012 6:59:59 PM

  8. 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!

    Posted by: Randy | Jan 31, 2012 7:24:10 PM

  9. I feel like a coffee, off to Stabucks!

    Posted by: Redebbm | Jan 31, 2012 9:06:26 PM

  10. 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.

    Posted by: Mary | Feb 1, 2012 12:35:31 AM

  11. A... Go to Starbucks. Drink coffee.
    B... With full bladder go to nearest Mormon temple . Piss on it.

    Posted by: Bob | Feb 1, 2012 1:16:18 AM

  12. 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!!

    Posted by: tommyboy10T | Feb 1, 2012 7:14:36 AM

  13. 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.

    Posted by: jay | Feb 1, 2012 10:35:46 PM

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