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National Organization for Marriage announces international 'Dump Starbucks' protest campaign

News release from National Organization for Marriage (NOM):

“Corporations should not take sides in a culture war that pits a company against the majority of the American people, and nearly all its consumers in some international markets.”

– Brian Brown, president –

SEATTLEThe National Organization for Marriage (NOM), America’s largest group dedicated to preserving traditional marriage and the faith communities that sustain it, today announced it will lead an international “Dump Starbucks” protest of Starbucks Coffee Company to give voice to consumers around the world who support preserving marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

"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.”

The new protest campaign was announced after the annual Starbucks shareholders meeting today in Seattle, where NOM spokesmen queried the board on its new policies promoting gay marriage and demanded protection against discrimination for employees, vendors and customers who disagree.

"We respect the important role of businesses in providing goods, services and jobs, and that people of diverse moral views build great companies working together,” Brown said. “But Starbucks has corporately, as an organization, endorsed and helped pass gay marriage in the state of Washington. Its executive vice president of partner resources has stated that gay marriage “is aligned with Starbucks business practices and upholds our belief in the equal treatment of partners. It is core to who we are and what we value as a company.” Corporations should not take sides in a culture war that pits a company against half the American people, and nearly all its consumers in some international markets.”

NOM said it would mount a campaign to urge consumers to boycott Starbucks and contact the manager of their local Starbucks operation to complain about the corporation’s attempts to redefine marriage for all of society. The group will also launch an advertising campaign to inform consumers around the world about the company’s activities. Starbucks operates in 55 countries including many where same-sex marriage is strongly opposed.

"We are today announcing a sustained public campaign calling on Starbucks to stop waging war against marriage, and the views of more than half its worldwide customers. Starbucks should be in the business of offering all its diverse customers a great cup of coffee, not taking sides against the views of its customers, vendors, and employees around the world," said Brown.

NOM will place ads throughout the United States, as well as in the Middle East and Southeast Asia, urging consumers to “Dump Starbucks” because purchasing a cup of Starbucks equals support for gay marriage. The “Dump Starbucks” campaign will ask consumers to join the campaign against Starbuck's corporate irresponsibility.

"Starbucks may have been hoping that what happens in Seattle stays in Seattle, but we are going to make sure Starbucks customers, not only here but worldwide, know that drinking a cup of Starbucks coffee promotes gay marriage,” said Jonathan Baker, head of NOM’s Corporate Fairness Project and a Starbucks stockholder. “It's ironic that even as Starbucks endorsed gay marriage here, its website on involvement in the Middle East claims the corporation does not, 'support any political or religious cause.' Lying to your customers is never a good business model," Baker added.

Customers are invited to visit www.DumpStarbucks.com immediately to take action.

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You wouldn't want any one to take away your right to have freedom of speech about this issue so who are you to want to take away someone else's right?

You want your rights still right? You don't want any one to go against "your" rights or take them away? So if that's the case then it's not your business being or preaching about others right. Because frankly if you do that, it makes you a huge hippocrit.

So supposed stockholders of Starbucks are backing a boycott of the company that they have stock in? Makes about as much sense as anything else NOM and its supporters do. Why am I not surprised.

oxymorons, get a life, get a job, go marry a porcupine and leave us alone
the most immoral and messed up sole are always trying to steal freedom of living from others
live and let live
no one should support you

I find it curious that NOM calls this "gay" marriage when in fact it is "same-sex" marriage. Gays have been getting married since the institution of marriage was created. Lots of gay married people out there already. So if that is the case, then NOM should have stopped opposite-sex marriage years ago. I think most people believe in equality and non-discrimination. As society becomes increasingly secular (which it is), then society will ignore religious extremists and their hateful agenda.

Marriage is a serious situation.
There's nothing gay about it.

What a biased description of NOM in the first paragraph. It should read, "NOM,classified as an anti-gay hate group, based on their propagation of known falsehoods — claims about LGBT people that have been thoroughly discredited by scientific authorities — and repeated, groundless name-calling, today announced..."

Furthermore, WA's Gov. Gregoire signed a Marriage Equality Bill, extending the civil right of marriage to same sex couples. There will be no "gay marriage" and "straight marriage" in WA. It was and will continue to be "marriage".

Starbucks supports equality. Most Americans, and well as others throughout the world also support equality. NOM's stance, for no legal reason, is they do not support equality.

My vote goes to Starbucks.

To NOM, et al, "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." Your quote shows 'all of society' what a bigoted, self-righteous coven of hypocrites you are. So when you drink your Maxwell House coffee, think about the living conditions of 'Juan Valdez.' I'll wager he's not bettering his life, getting access to clean drinking water and a place to call home. So don't "attempt to force YOUR misguided values" on anyone else.
"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." Very audacious of you go on the record to say that the majority of Americans and virtually every consumer...believes marriage is between one man and one woman. How do you know that for a fact? Did you survey the 'majority of Americans?'And the people who you say are 'virtually every consumer in some countries...', again, how do you know this for a solid, well-documented, irrefutable fact? Get your minds and ideals out of everyone else's business and focus on your own shortcomings.We're not on this earth to JUDGE anyone else in this matter. MYOB.

If this is spearheaded by mormons, boycotting Starbucks is like Catholics giving up broccoli for lent.

Now that NOM has been forced by the courts to disclosed its donor list, NOM's boycott tactic will be used against its own supporters. [People who live in glass houses?!]

I've never liked Starbucks..too strong...BUT..STARTING TODAY...I will drink Starbucks whenever I buy coffee out....NOM..appears to be filled with Trogydites....no wonder religion is dying out!!

As of writing, NOM has 17,743 signatures. In comparison, 161,714 signatures supporting Starbucks. :) :) :)

Register your support here!
http://sumofus.org/campaigns/thank-starbucks/

posturing by the hate group NOM, set up by maggie gallagher to "protect traditional marriage". Which she did by having not 1 but 2 illegitimate children

but her 201o contract with nom - she got 30% off the top.

Hate is just a profitable business venture to these right wing xtian / catholic creeps.

BTW heres the kind of love you get out of the german pope. Who learned his lessons well growing up there in the 1930s.

http://articles.cnn.com/2009-01-26/world/pope.holocaust.denial_1_bishop-richard-williamson-bishop-bernard-fellay-holocaust-denier?_s=PM:WORLD

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