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NOM Announces Starbucks Boycott After Being Smacked Down at Shareholders Meeting: AUDIO

Jonathan Baker, the Director of the ironically named 'Corporate Fairness Project' at the National Organization for Marriage, stood up today at the Starbucks shareholders meeting and asked if the company's statement in support of same-sex marriage (that it is "core to who we are as a company") came from the top down, Good as You reports.

BakerStarbucks chairman and CEO Howard Shultz then got a big round of applause from shareholders when he answered Baker:

"I would assure you that the senior team at Starbucks discussed it, and it was, to be candid with you, not a difficult decision for us."

Following the meeting, NOM announced a boycott of the company, and an accompanying website, Dump Starbucks.

"Unlike our opponents, we do not target whole companies for the actions of an individual business executive in that company," said Brian Brown, NOM's president. "But Starbucks has taken a corporate position in support of redefining marriage for all of society. We will not tolerate an international company attempting to force its misguided values on citizens. The majority of Americans and virtually every consumer in some countries in which Starbucks operates believe that marriage is between one man and one woman. They will not be pleased to learn that their money is being used to advance gay marriage in society."

Listen to Baker's question and takedown, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Sorry, not to generalize, but...NOM supporters probably don't even go to Starbucks anyways. Is there even a Starbucks in Boonhicktown, USA?

    Posted by: zeddy | Mar 21, 2012 7:43:10 PM

  2. Now I played the video -- Baker is the Director of the "Corporate Fairness Project of NOM"
    -- that is like the "racial fairness project of the KKK" By fairness, they mean "do it our way or we will hurt you"

    Posted by: Bob | Mar 21, 2012 7:46:31 PM

    What's a NOM bigot to do? No Starbuck's coffee for you! No JC Penney's, no Disney, what's next?

    No Ben and Jerry's, No Magnum ice cream, No Magnum ice cream bars,No Bertolli pasta or sauce products or frozen dinners, No Hellmann's mayo for potato or macaroni salads, No Wishbone salad dressings, No Knorr seasonings, soups, or pasta sauces, No Lipton tea products, No Slim-Fast products to help with fitting into those Easter frocks, No AXE body care products, No Brylcreem, No Pond's or Lux beauty products, No VO products for little blue-haired ladies, No Vaseline in the right hand computer table drawer or Vaseline body lotion, or lip care, or cocoa butter, No Closeup, Signal, Pepsodent, or Mentadent toothpastes, No Surf detergent, No Sunlight dish washing products and No Dove soaps, bodywash, handwash , face care products, deodorant, Dove hair care products, and Dove body lotions,.
    Some people are going to have to do some real list making prior to going to the grocery store if they want to keep their bigotry intact.

    Posted by: vanndean | Mar 21, 2012 7:57:16 PM

  4. I'm guessing the collective revenue impact of NOM haters and their hateful followers on Starbucks will be...negative, as more gays see Starbucks favorably and stop by, while the decrease in NOMers purchases turns out to be irrelevant.

    Posted by: SoLeftImRight | Mar 21, 2012 8:00:32 PM

  5. The "Million Moms" didn't have any impact on JC Penney; these guys
    won't have any impact on Starbucks. In fact, with the case of JC Penney as a model, there was a reverse reaction. MORE people went to Penney.

    Posted by: gr8guyca | Mar 21, 2012 8:17:46 PM

  6. Hopefully those hens with the double strollers at my local 'Buck will adhere to this boycott. They sure seem like christians.

    Posted by: lonjamin | Mar 21, 2012 8:18:30 PM

  7. I'm going to Starbucks tomorrow.

    Posted by: Drew | Mar 21, 2012 8:18:57 PM

  8. What?! Starbucks, the countries largest employer of homosexuals after gay friendly?! The company that for years offers health benefits to the same sex partners of their emoyees supports equality?! Maggie, Maggie, Maggie.... This is exceptional news. Just one less place I'll ever have the misfortune of running into you.

    I'm going out on a limb here and guessing that Maggie and Brian are more Dunkin Donut oriented anyway.... Big Whatever. This just means baristas can stop spitting in her drink.

    Posted by: Michaelandfred | Mar 21, 2012 8:23:09 PM

  9. Shouldn't the lede read "Jonathan Baker, the Director of the ironically named 'Corporate Fairness Project' at the *ironically named* National Organization for Marriage"?

    Posted by: Vint | Mar 21, 2012 8:23:48 PM

  10. .....and just an FYI Maggie, several countries where Starbucks operate already have FULL marriage equality or are on their way. The nice thing about "facts" is that no matter what nonsense you spew, they remain facts.

    Posted by: Michaelandfred | Mar 21, 2012 8:27:48 PM

  11. No more Christian, right wing republican bigots at Starbucks? YAY!!!!! Shorter lines at the drive through!!!

    Posted by: Beef and Fur | Mar 21, 2012 8:43:37 PM

    Really more of a Peet's kinda guy, but will
    now make a point of doubling my Starbuck's purchases.

    Posted by: Rocco | Mar 21, 2012 9:31:39 PM

  13. Please, Brian Brown and his talibanical cohorts are the biggest bunch of biblical hypocrites ever. If the way they ignore the many biblical injunctions that they'd rather overlook (divorce, eating shellfish, touching a pig's skin) is any example, then they will still be inline ordering their Venti Lattes or whatever those sh*t-for-brains drink. This boycott like the one on J.C. Penny's is DOA. Support Starbucks if you want; that was a great and powerful affirmation by CEO Howard Shultz. Happily, this is becoming the opinion and action of many large companies, rewarding all of them will show your grateful but could drive you broke.

    Posted by: StevyD | Mar 21, 2012 9:41:57 PM

  14. I'll toast Starbuck's awesome board tomorrow with a tasty coffee drink.

    Posted by: Tarc | Mar 21, 2012 10:22:12 PM

  15. so they took their blood money and bought starbucks stock? Now that they're goin to boycot it, what to do with all that coffee!

    Posted by: grego | Mar 21, 2012 11:07:17 PM

  16. Actually, I don't want to see any N.O.M. supporters at Starbucks anyway, and so if N.O.M. decides to boycott Starbucks, I would be delighted about that decision. I don't want to see Maggie Gallagher's anti-gay face anywhere near my Starbucks.

    Posted by: Tyler | Mar 21, 2012 11:13:06 PM

  17. @TYLER, I totally agree. I'd be happy to visit a Starbucks free of bigots. As soon as Lent is over, I know straight where I'll go.

    Boycotts are such great publicity and free advertising.

    Posted by: Andrew | Mar 21, 2012 11:17:55 PM

  18. VANNDEAN - a wonderful post! Thank you.

    Posted by: uffda | Mar 21, 2012 11:31:22 PM

  19. NOM, you have never been my cup of tea, nor the cream in my coffee. Good riddance. "You have no power here, be gone!"

    Posted by: jrocket | Mar 22, 2012 12:54:09 AM

  20. Tell everybody catholic (may listen) or mormon (won't listen but you can annoy them) that their churches and groups of their leaders are spending millions on hating you.

    Posted by: Bob | Mar 22, 2012 1:48:31 AM

  21. Never been to a Starbucks, but that will change when I go out to run my errands tomorrow. Let's see JC Penny, Toys R US... yep, yep made sure to add to their bottom line because of NOM.

    Wonder how long it'll take before they crawl back under the rock they crawled out from under.

    Posted by: TomasG | Mar 22, 2012 3:52:35 AM

  22. As a, very recently, former Starbuckian... they never forced us to believe anything. The core values of the company are just that, the values of the company. They only ask you to uphold them while you work and not to change your personal opinion in your personal life. I love SBux for taking such great stands on tender subjects. Only goes to show that even a goliath can have a brain!

    Posted by: bHre | Mar 22, 2012 8:17:04 AM

  23. NOM is an unofficial subsidiary of the Mormon Church who are trying to outsource their bigotry and hate campaigns to a group they can have some plausible deniability for after the PR disaster of their Prop 8 support. The upside of this is that their Mormon supporters don't buy from Starbucks anyway so this will have little effect for those people.

    Posted by: Curtis | Mar 22, 2012 10:31:07 AM

  24. I don't drink coffee, but I'll stop by & get one of their overpriced pastries just to piss off these assholes.

    Posted by: Hank | Mar 22, 2012 10:48:56 AM

  25. So Starbucks will now be free of NOM wingnuts....SWEET!

    Posted by: acorlando | Mar 22, 2012 10:54:14 AM

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