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Idaho Bar Refuses To Sell Pepsi, MillerCoors Over Gay Support: VIDEO


Citing their Christian faith, Mike and Mari Fuller, owners of the Waha Bar & Grill in Idaho, say they will no longer sell Pepsi or MillerCoors beer because of those companies' ties to the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.

"The National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce is an entity that collects money from major corporations to further promote policies for the gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders, and as Christians, we don't support that," said Mr. Fuller. He and his wife said they would bring back the products if the corporations changed their tune on LGBT rights. MillerCoors says that ain't gonna happen.

"MillerCoors has a strong track record of supporting the diversity of our employees as well as the communities in which we work and live. Due to the diversity and breadth of our consumers and because we believe in supporting the many communities we serve, we support myriad organizations across the country. The National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce is one of many organizations we are proud to support," said a spokesperson.

Despite their allegedly strong convictions, the Fullers still sell products from Coca-Cola and Budweiser, both of which work with the NGLCC. Guess they weren't too thorough in their witch hunt.

Watch a video report on the Fullers' conservative menu AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. @KPO5,

    ??????????? You make zero sense.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jul 19, 2012 10:24:18 AM

  2. Uhm...who cares? These two inbreds don't like gay men and women -- boo hoo. They're idiots, it's America, it's their business. MillerCoors gets more favorable press when obese idiots spout their hate against companies that are inclusive than if these dopes would say nothing.

    I do hope they don't serve shrimp at this fine establishment. They do know that is an abomination (and gluttony is a sin) don't they?

    Posted by: Bart | Jul 19, 2012 10:25:38 AM

  3. Golly, he looks like an intelligent, well reasoned fellow.

    Posted by: P | Jul 19, 2012 10:48:29 AM

  4. @Rat First, you apparently never lived in a small news market. I once worked at a t.v. station in Bangor, Maine that had me cover the groundbreaking for the first Burger King in the city. Second, how is celebrating diversity an anti-union ploy? Oh, is it because the union can't say as part of a campaign that the company doesn't? Sorry toots, those dots don't connect.

    Posted by: BobC562 | Jul 19, 2012 11:10:24 AM

  5. Their reasoning is a little backwards and silly. This one little tiny restaurant are going to boycott these products because the companies support one organization who promotes building coalition with the 1.4 million plus LGBT owned and friendly businesses. Not to mention that this little restaurant carries other products that do promote gay rights. I've seen Coca-Cola and Budweiser products at various gay pride events and I'm pretty sure they have given to gay rights causes. These owners may be taking a stand against these three companies but they should check the rest of the skeletons in their closet before taking a ridiculous stance like this.

    Posted by: Sam | Jul 19, 2012 11:10:44 AM

  6. @Ray Sager - this ill-informed, bigoted inbred indeed has every right in his business to take whatever stand he wishes, and we have every right to call him out as an ill-informed, bigoted inbred. That's freedom. Being intolerant of ill-informed, bigoted inbreds and the hate they spew isn't on the same level as their ill-informed, bigoted, inbred intolerance. It's justice.

    Posted by: AZEXPAT | Jul 19, 2012 11:20:13 AM

  7. Reminds me of the joke in the third Back To the Future film where the saloon only served whiskey.

    Posted by: anon | Jul 19, 2012 11:25:43 AM

  8. The headline here should be "Dipshit Boycotts Pepsi & MillerCoors Over Gay Support; Unaware Everything Else He Sells Does Same."

    If someone has the time to waste on this fool they ought to make a scrapbook of all the beverage companies that advertise in gay magazine, have non-discrimination clauses, sponsor gay events, etc. and send it to him. If he stayed true to his alleged principles and banned them from his bar his "top shelf" drink would be rubbing alcohol!

    Posted by: Caliban | Jul 19, 2012 11:29:01 AM

  9. Best wishes to them if they check their alternative beverage sources, commercial food sources, use any kind of computer/software, have TVs, use paper products, or wear clothing. They may end up without drink, food, or entertainment for their customers and be forced to work in the nude. Nice business model. And besides, Waha is merely a "populated place" -- not even a village or town. Lewiston is the nearest town and is more than 95% white (big surprise). And its county, Nez Perce, is very staunchly Republican, as anyone might guess. I'd imagine that this fine restaurant's business will not be affected by the change. In fact, they are so proud of their boycott, that they place a statement at the bottom of their menu: http://www.wahagrill.com/Menu.php.

    Posted by: TD | Jul 19, 2012 12:06:10 PM

  10. does these people have a Facebook page or a website, because they will have to shut those down

    Posted by: Luke | Jul 19, 2012 12:26:59 PM

  11. Eh, not really concerned, Pepsi tastes horrible.

    Posted by: Bobby | Jul 19, 2012 12:33:49 PM

  12. THey support the NGLCC as well as the ignorant Bible Thumping Store/Bar owners of America. Kinda Want to ask him...Have you stopped beating your wife?

    Posted by: pdxblueyes | Jul 19, 2012 12:38:14 PM

  13. I hate blacks and liberals because my dad beat me.

    Posted by: Ratbastard | Jul 19, 2012 12:43:22 PM

  14. Drink more Coors

    Posted by: ophu | Jul 19, 2012 1:04:53 PM

  15. Golly, he looks like an intelligent, well reasoned fellow.

    Posted by: P | Jul 19, 2012 10:48:29 AM


    Yeah, why isn't he a nice, skinny, metro-sexual like all the intelligent and educated gay guys? He's so ugly with his heavyset body and poor fashion sense, I mean he's obviously stupid and not worth interacting with simply by his appearance.

    *sarcasm off*

    Little Canadian, Please stop posting troll comments using my name, and referencing my dead father. Do you want me to constantly reference your the b*tch that spit you out of her womb?

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jul 19, 2012 1:13:01 PM

  16. Coors was/is anti-gay, but out of self-preservation decided to act somewhat civil to get the gay dollars.

    Posted by: Ricco | Jul 19, 2012 1:13:27 PM

  17. Soon to be serving SWILL (Straight White Idiots Loving Liquor).

    Posted by: BobN | Jul 19, 2012 1:32:19 PM

  18. "From what I understand, Peter Coors, it's CEO, is virulently anti-gay"

    Scott Coors (Pete's son) is gay.

    From Wikipedia: "Coors encouraged the organization of its gay and lesbian employees into the Lesbian and Gay Employee Resource (LAGER) in 1993.[17] In May 1995 Coors became the 21st publicly-traded corporation in the United States to extend employee benefits to same-sex partners.[18] When company chairman Pete Coors was criticized for the company's gay-friendly policy during his 2004 Republican primary campaign for one of the US Senate seats from Colorado, he defended the policy as basic good business practice."

    Posted by: Craig | Jul 19, 2012 1:46:28 PM

  19. Wonder if these guys know that Budweiser/Michelob is owned by a company that is based in a country that allows same sex marriage (InBev of Belgium)?

    Posted by: Craig | Jul 19, 2012 1:52:12 PM

  20. They have to start boycotting MANY other companies too

    THIS is why it's amazing to have companies come out publically and declare their support of us. They have to draw that line in the sand so bigots can feel like they are in the minority and do outlandish things as a result.

    Posted by: IonMusic | Jul 19, 2012 2:26:48 PM

  21. I guess there is a butt load of panic in the boad rooms of MillerCoors and Pepsi over this boycott

    Posted by: NwYrkr | Jul 19, 2012 3:36:30 PM

  22. I guess I will have to boycott the Waha Bar and Grill. Yeah, like I am ever going to go to freakin' Lewiston, Idaho.

    Posted by: acorlando | Jul 19, 2012 5:31:22 PM

  23. I wondered when I saw this story whether it was a ploy to boost Coors' gay credibility. Yes, the Coors COMPANY has burnished its gay policies, but Coors profits still go to right-wing, anti-gay owners. Well, nobody's pure -- Julius's gay bar in Greenwich Village has Blue Moon on tap and Molson in the fridge, both brands now associated with Coors.

    I wish commenters would watch their language. Calling Idahoans "dipshits" and "inbreds" isn't accurate or helpful. The Idahoans at issue seem bigoted, or mis- and ill-informed. But calling them names is the same sort of reaction as theirs. Not attractive on either side.

    Posted by: Mudduck | Jul 19, 2012 6:03:12 PM

  24. Everyone has the right to their opinion. I think this is more about this hillbilly's attempt to get his 15 minutes of fame. It is only important when we give this kind of outright bigotry the time of day and feed into the need for fame. put it bed and lets move on.

    Posted by: David from Canada | Jul 19, 2012 8:10:53 PM

  25. Just a tiny taste of backlash. It will get much worse. That's not a wish, it's a reality.

    Posted by: Jay | Jul 19, 2012 8:19:07 PM

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