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Starbucks Attacked By NOM: “Stay Out Of Marriage Fights”

by David Badash on January 31, 2012

in Bigotry Watch,Discrimination,Marriage,News,Politics

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NOM, the National Organization For Marriage, Monday attacked Starbucks for its recent position reaffirming support for same-sex marriage equality in its home state of Washington, in a post on their website, titled, “National Organization for Marriage to Starbucks: ‘Stay Out of Marriage Fights’.” Washington is about to put forward a bill that has enough votes to pass in the legislature, and their Governor, Chris Gregoire, who sponsored the bill, will of course sign it into law. But the democratic process in the state of Washington is unacceptable to NOM President Brian Brown, whose comment today, “Stay Out of Marriage Fights,” makes him sound more like a thug than the head of a lobbying organization beholden to the Church.

It’s also interesting to note that Brown sees the exchange of ideas, the common discourse, and even the rule of law as “fights.”

“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,” a statement today from Brown said.

The hypocrisy here is not only unbelievable, but unbelievably extreme.

“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,” Brown added.

NOM, which has supported organizations and companies based solely on their stance against same-sex marriage, or based solely on their support — or that of their employees — of Prop 8, is actually threatening a highly-respected company that is based in Washington, telling it to “stay out of marriage fights”?

“NOM pledged 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,” the statement reads, and adds:

Jonathan Baker, head of NOM’s Corporate Fairness Project, called on Starbucks to make it clear they will not discriminate against customers, vendors or employees who oppose same-sex marriage. “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,” noted Baker.

“Corporate Fairness Project”? Really? In other words, NOM now equates “fairness” with being only a “traditional marriage” supporter.

And the notion that Starbucks would refuse to serve a customer based on their same-sex marriage position — how would they even know — is also ludicrous, and part of their ludicrous attempt to cloud their argument, which is unsustainable on its face.

If Starbucks decides it will do business, say, buy coffee cups, only with companies that support same-sex marriage then NOM will interpret that as a violation of their civil rights? Are they kidding?

Starbucks is joined by a long list of Washington-based corporations that support marriage equality, including Google, Microsoft, Apple, Nike, and Real Networks.

NOM is headquartered on K Street in Washington, D.C.

The people of Washington state know the difference.

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StuartWilber January 31, 2012 at 10:38 am

Please thank Starbucks –
Starbucks Customer Service
800-Starbuc (800-782-7282)
Mon – Fri 5 AM – 8 PM (PST)
Sat 6 AM – 4 PM (PST)

StuartWilber January 31, 2012 at 11:38 am
wyocowboy62 January 31, 2012 at 9:04 pm

NOM why are you wasting tax payers hard earned money? You know in the end you will loose. If you are to look at hx, it showes that all the things that religion has stood up too; they lost in the long run. So NOM quit asking tax payers for their hard earned money that is only going to waste.

BlueStapler February 1, 2012 at 12:21 pm

Brown states, "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,”

What a a joke! What a double standard! Americans should be able to donate money to their church without worrying that their donation will be used to discriminate their fellow citizens. Wasn't it the mormons and catholics who pumped millions into CA Prop 8 discrimination? Wasn't it the mormons who pumped 1.9 million to defeat Maine's marriage equality?

Additionally, corporations can and do support and contribute to causes that neither the customers nor the employees dictate.

Just shows how Brown continues to twist facts to spread hate, following in Maggie the hate monger's footsteps.

NOM is on the Southern Poverty Law Center's list of 18 anti gay hate groups.
Starbucks, on the other hand, is on the 2011 list of most ethical companies in the world.

lepidopteryx March 24, 2012 at 11:01 pm

Reminds me of AFA and their call for boycotts of companies that refuse to "remain neutral in the culture war." I don't see them calling for boycotts of Chik-Fil-A, which is certainly not neutral.

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