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04/19/2007


Here's Video of Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz Telling Shareholder to Sell if He's Unhappy with Pro-Gay Policies: WATCH

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Earlier this week I posted about the Starbucks shareholder meeting at which CEO Howard Schultz told shareholder Tom Strobhar to sell his shares if he's disappointed with the company's support for marriage equality.

Now here's video of some of Schultz's remarks. Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

What Strobhar said as reported by KPLU: “In the first fill quarter after this boycott was announced, our sales and our earrings — shall we say politely — were a bit disappointing.”

Schultz responded by saying not every decision the company makes is an economic one: "The lens we use to make decisions is the lens of our people. We want to embrace diversity...If you feel, respectfully, that you can get a higher return than the 38 percent you got last year, it’s a free country. You can sell your shares of Starbucks and buy shares in another company. Thank you very much."

As you can see by the thunderous cheering and applause, shareholders were overwhelmingly on Schultz's side of the issue.


Starbucks CEO to Shareholder: 'You Can Sell Your Shares' if You Don't Like Company's Support for Marriage Equality

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz shot down a shareholder who grilled him about the company's support for marriage equality at the annual shareholders meeting in Seattle yesterday, KPLU reports:

SchultzAt the company’s annual meeting Wednesday, shareholder Tom Strobhar suggested that the boycott had indeed bled the company of value.

“In the first fill quarter after this boycott was announced, our sales and our earrings — shall we say politely — were a bit disappointing,” he said.

CEO Howard Schultz shot back that the decision to back gay marriage was not about the bottom line, but about respecting diversity. He said the company had delivered a healthy return last year, boycott or no.

“If you feel, respectfully, that you can get a higher return than the 38 percent you got last year, it’s a free country. You can sell your shares of Starbucks and buy shares in another company. Thank you very much,” he said, to loud applause from the audience.

Business Journal adds:

Schultz summed up the company’s position by saying, “Not every decision is an economic decision.”

“The lens we use to make decisions is the lens of our people. We want to embrace diversity,” said Schultz to a loud swell of applause from shareholders and Starbucks staffers attending the annual meeting.

Listen to audio of the exchange here.

Last year, Schultz fielded a question from a representative of the National Organization for Marriage, Jonathan Baker, before shooting him down, saying support for marriage equality was "not a difficult decision for us."


Anti-Gay Pastor Buys Starbucks To Boycott Starbucks

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Starbucks reported last month that their sales and stocks have not been impacted one bit by the National Organization for Marriage's boycott over the coffee giant's pro-gay policies.

Perhaps Bob Enyart, the pastor at Denver Bible Church, is a reason why: protesters are buying the coffee to pour it into sewers. Jeremy Hooper at Good.As.You writes: "I'm pretty sure Starbucks is okay with one feeding his or her Venti Machiatto to the sewer, just as long as one purchases said frothy beverage."

Watch Enyart's protest, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Bob Vander Plaats Joins Right's Flailing Starbucks Protest: VIDEO

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Social conservatives are keeping up oppositional pressure on Starbucks over the company's support for gay marriage and equality in general.

Though the coffee giant has basically shrugged at the protest, Iowan anti-gay activist Bob Vander Plaats, a three-time failed gubernatorial candidate who wields mind-boggling power as head of the Family Leader, yesterday released a new video explaining to his followers that he's given up on Starbucks because the company "turned their back on God's design for the family," and he's urging others to, as well.

As we know, of course, this protest has had no impact on Starbucks: the company's stock has only risen since the protest began.

Watch Vander Plaats' desperate plea, AFTER THE JUMP.

Update: Joe.My.God points out that this video is an updated version of a previous Vander Plaats video, one in which he erroneously claimed Starbucks believes "God's design of marriage is bad for America."

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NOM Expands Failing Starbucks Boycott to Countries Where Homosexuality is Stigmatized or Criminalized

StarbucksThe National Organization for Marriage (NOM) started a boycott of Starbucks back in March after confronting the company's chairman and CEO Howard Schultz at the annual shareholders meeting about Starbucks' inclusive policies toward LGBT people and its support of marriage equality.

Since then, the company has seen a groundswell of support from the LGBT community and its allies including a petition with 643,838 signatures (at this posting) thanking the company. Its stock has risen, and the Schultz reports that they have not seen any negative effect of the NOM boycott.

BrownMaybe that's why NOM is making a desperate attempt to expand its boycott internationally, into countries where homosexuality is either heavily stigmatized, or criminalized:

In our first week, we gained 25,000 pledge signers in the U.S. alone; today we go international, expanding DumpStarbucks.com campaigns into Mandarin, Arabic, Turkish, Spanish, and Bahala (one of the chief languages of Indonesia)," announced NOM President Brian Brown. "DumpStarbucks.com online ads will also start running in Egypt, Beijing, Hong Kong, the Yunnan region of China, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Oman and Kuwait."

"What happens in Seattle won't to stay in Seattle," Brown (pictured) continued. "By making gay marriage core to his brand, Starbucks CEO Howard Schulz is telling millions of customers and partners who support traditional marriage in the Middle East, China, South America and North America that they aren't truly part of the Starbucks community."

Flailing.


News: Starbucks, Romney's Pennsylvania Promise, Kanye & Kim

StarbucksThanks 6a00d8341c730253ef0168e9a58ce4970c-800wi Starbucks staffers came out today to accept a giant "Thank You" card from 640,000 supporters of SumOfUs.org, MoveOn.org and Washington United For Marriage for the coffee company's unwavering support of equality. "We are long-standing supporters of a culture of diversity, and inclusion and equality for everybody, and I'll share this with our fellow leaders....Thank you very much," said Starbucks' VP of global communications James Olsen. See more pictures here.

6a00d8341c730253ef0168e9a58ce4970c-800wi Joseph Amodeo, a member of the executive committee for the Junior Board of Catholic Charities resigned over New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan's anti-gay politics, particularly those that involve the LGBT-inclusive Ali Forney Center. "The comments that His Eminence has made regarding same-sex couples, the LGBT community in general, and his recent in-action in response to the Ali Forney Center's plea for pastoral assistance, has left me with no other choice but to resign," he wrote.

6a00d8341c730253ef0168e9a58ce4970c-800wi Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney promised supporters today that he will win the Pennsylvania primary.

BloomBiking6a00d8341c730253ef0168e9a58ce4970c-800wi A majority of Latino voters support gay folk: "On the issue of whether homosexuality should be accepted by society, a majority — 59 percent — say that it should. Just 30 percent told pollsters it should be discouraged. Those numbers line up with the general U.S. public, with 58 percent saying homosexuality should be accepted, and 33 percent saying it should be discouraged."

6a00d8341c730253ef0168e9a58ce4970c-800wi HRC's response: "So much for NOM’s plan to rally Latinos against marriage equality."

6a00d8341c730253ef0168e9a58ce4970c-800wi Orlando Bloom in bike shorts, because why not?

6a00d8341c730253ef0168e9a58ce4970c-800wi Fox News hiring Jesse Jackson's daughter?

6a00d8341c730253ef0168e9a58ce4970c-800wi Mary J. Blige is sorry for participating in a controversial Burger King ad.

6a00d8341c730253ef0168e9a58ce4970c-800wi Is SNL about to lose three-out-of-four of its best actors?

6a00d8341c730253ef0168e9a58ce4970c-800wi New York police are looking for two men after discovering that French scholar Richard Descoings was cruising gay sex sites before dying in a hotel room. From the always reliable NY Post: "Descoings, 53, director of the prestigious Paris Institute of Political Studies — and a friend of French President Nicolas Sarkozy — was 'really into men,' his widow told cops, according to the sources."

6a00d8341c730253ef0168e9a58ce4970c-800wi A glance at the racial and partisan reactions to Trayvon Martin's shooting death.

6a00d8341c730253ef0168e9a58ce4970c-800wi Brian Johnson, the evangelical who consistently tries to distribute Bibles at the Twin Cities' gay pride parade, is filing a lawsuit against the city for religious discrimination. "'Johnson believes that the Bible is God's word and sets out a plan of salvation for all people,' his attorney wrote in a 26-page complaint filed in U.S. District Court of Minnesota. 'Johnson believes the Bible teaches that all people are sinners and therefore deserve God's wrath, but anyone can receive salvation by believing and trusting in Jesus Christ.'"

NerdObama6a00d8341c730253ef0168e9a58ce4970c-800wi After admitting that Mitt Romney has the GOP's 2012 nomination locked up, anti-gay activist Bryan Fischer starts looking at Rick Santorum Perry in 2016: "If Obama wins on November 6, it might behoove pro-family leaders to meet with Rick Perry on November 7 and start strategizing for 2016."

6a00d8341c730253ef0168e9a58ce4970c-800wi Just in case you've been living under a rock, Barack Obama is a big nerd.

6a00d8341c730253ef0168e9a58ce4970c-800wi I hate myself for saying this, but there's something really attractive about Joe Jonas.

6a00d8341c730253ef0168e9a58ce4970c-800wi Proof that conservatives have their priorities all kinds of twisted: they're protesting living saint Desmond Tutu's forthcoming appearance at Gonzaga University.

6a00d8341c730253ef0168e9a58ce4970c-800wi Prince Harry goes shopping.

6a00d8341c730253ef0168e9a58ce4970c-800wi Horror: "A growing number of Afghan children are being coerced into a life of sexual abuse. The practice of wealthy or prominent Afghans exploiting underage boys as sexual partners who are often dressed up as women to dance at gatherings is on the rise in post-Taliban Afghanistan, according to Afghan human rights researchers, Western officials and men who participate in the abuse."

NYerMurder6a00d8341c730253ef0168e9a58ce4970c-800wi Kanye and Kim are hitting the proverbial "that."

6a00d8341c730253ef0168e9a58ce4970c-800wi If you haven't read the Ellie-nominated New Yorker article "A Murder Foretold," you should. Here's the first paragraph: "Rodrigo Rosenberg knew that he was about to die. It wasn’t because he was approaching old age—he was only forty-eight. Nor had he been diagnosed with a fatal illness; an avid bike rider, he was in perfect health. Rather, Rosenberg, a highly respected corporate attorney in Guatemala, was certain that he was going to be assassinated." It's an astonishing mystery and will soon be made into a movie.

6a00d8341c730253ef0168e9a58ce4970c-800wi Green tea and Olympic doping: "Olympic doping officials are considering whether to tweak their tests after a recent British study showed green tea might hide testosterone from the standard test used to spot it."

6a00d8341c730253ef0168e9a58ce4970c-800wi Joe Abell, the school administrator who shamed a California high school student for supporting marriage equality, apologized over loud speaker this morning.

6a00d8341c730253ef0168e9a58ce4970c-800wi North Carolina businessman Bob Page urges equality advocates to donate even more money to defeating that state's anti-gay Amendment One. "If you want to win this, understand that we have a lot more educating to do, that we need to do that on TV and radio, and that it’s going to take a lot more money.  We need everybody to dig deep and give until it hurts," he tells Pam Spaulding.


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