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Starbucks: Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage ‘Is Core to Who We Are and What We Value’
CNS News ^ | January 27, 2012 | Elizabeth Harrington

Posted on 01/28/2012 1:27:39 PM PST by Zender500

Starbucks, the world’s largest coffee shop chain, added its name to the list of major corporations that have endorsed a gay marriage bill in Washington State, saying the legislation shares the company’s values at its core. The decision was criticized by many conservative, pro-family organizations.

Leading traditional marriage organizations, for instance, are accusing the Seattle-based company of “meddling” in the debate, after Starbucks joined Google, Microsoft, and Nike in support of the legalization of same-sex marriage that is currently gathering momentum in the state legislature.

Kalen Holmes, executive vice president for Partner Resources, released a statement on Jan. 24 entitled, “Starbucks Supports Marriage Equality,” to all of the company’s U.S. employees. Starbucks employs 149,000 people internationally.

“Starbucks is proud to join other leading Northwest employers in support of Washington State legislation recognizing marriage equality for same-sex couples,” Holmes said. “Starbucks strives to create a company culture that puts our partners first, and our company has a lengthy history of leading and supporting policies that promote equality and inclusion.”

“This important legislation is aligned with Starbucks business practices and upholds our belief in the equal treatment of partners,” she wrote. “It is core to who we are and what we value as a company.”

Holmes added, “We are deeply dedicated to embracing diversity and treating one another with respect and dignity, and remain committed to providing an inclusive, supportive and safe work environment for all of our partners.”

“We look forward to seeing this legislation enacted into law,” she concluded.

“This is just a sad development,” said Peter LaBarbera, president of Americans For Truth About Homosexuality (AFTAH), a group dedicated to countering the homosexual activist agenda. “We’re seeing the corporate world gravitate more and more towards the pro-gay position and, of course, it ends up with ultimately supporting same-sex marriage.”

“It’s just very sad because corporations, including Starbucks, they seem so much more solicitous of 1 to 3 percent of the population than the many, many millions of pro-family, mainly Christian consumers who oppose the redefinition of marriage,” he said.

Gay Marriage Watch, a news site that promotes same-sex marriage laws, is now calling for Amazon to support the bill.

The Family Research Council (FRC), a conservative organization that promotes faith, family and freedom, published a post on its Web site saying, “Starbucks Doesn't Know Beans about Marriage.”

Calling attention to the endorsement, the FRC wrote, “Coffee isn’t the only thing brewing at Starbucks. So is controversy -- as customers learn about the company’s bold blend of liberal politics.”

“While the state is still sharply divided over same-sex ‘marriage,’ Starbucks has decided to sweeten the pot for homosexual activists and join the attack on local families,” stated the organization.

“Despite the coffeehouse’s meddling, families in Washington State are doing their best to keep the legislation at bay,” the FRC wrote.

Nonetheless, the same-sex marriage bill passed on a 4-3 vote out of the Senate Government Operations, Tribal Relations and Elections Committee on Jan. 26, and is now awaiting a vote in the full Senate. It appears the Senate has enough votes to pass the measure, joining a solid majority in the House and support by Democratic Gov. Chris Gregoire, according to the Associated Press.

The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) released a statement on Monday vowing to mount a referendum campaign in response to the efforts by the Democrat-controlled legislature to make Washington the seventh state to allow gay marriage.

“NOM will not stand by and let activist politicians redefine marriage, the bedrock of civilization, without voters having a say,” said Brian Brown, the organization’s president.

The group has previously worked to overturn gay marriage laws by ballot referendum in Maine and most famously in California, with Proposition 8.

The NOM also conducted a statewide survey that found 57 percent of Washingtonians, after being made aware the state has a civil union law for homosexual couples in place, said it was not necessary to redefine marriage. The results also showed that 72 percent think state lawmakers should work on other issues instead of gay marriage; 71 percent believe the people should decide the marriage issue; and 9 percent think it should be decided by the legislature.

Peter Sprigg, senior fellow for policy studies at the FRC, in an e-mail to CNSNews.com, said: “Starbucks' endorsement of controversial legislation to change the definition of marriage that was codified by the Washington state legislature only 14 years ago makes no sense. As their statement notes, they already give ‘domestic partner benefits’ to partners of their homosexual employees, as a way of ‘embracing diversity’ and treating them with ‘respect and dignity.’ For the state to redefine civil marriage will add nothing to these internal policies.”

“However, their concern for ‘diversity’ and ‘inclusion’ apparently does not extend to Christians and other citizens who have legitimate concerns about affirming homosexual conduct,” said Sprigg. “Starbucks could well have remained silent in this heated political debate. But by taking sides, they have only shown their contempt for their employees and customers who believe in traditional family values -- in contradiction of their expressed corporate values.”

LaBarbera said a majority of Americans support traditional marriage since 30 states have passed defense of marriage amendments that prohibit civil unions, gay marriage or both. “Why isn’t that a factor in Starbucks’ corporate decisions?” he said.

In the past, the AFTAH has called for a boycott of the restaurant chain Chili’s for being a National Corporate Partner to the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, a homosexual activist group.

While his group is not yet calling for a boycott of Starbucks, LaBarbera says, “Consumers should not take their dollars to companies that basically repudiate their own values.”

LaBarbera said the company inserting itself into controversial issues could backfire. “If somebody wants to boycott Starbucks, it’s certainly an easy company to boycott.”

“It’s so easy; you just get your expensive cup of coffee somewhere else,” he said.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; US: Washington
KEYWORDS: banglist; homosexualagenda; moralabsolutes; starbucks
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1 posted on 01/28/2012 1:27:51 PM PST by Zender500
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To: Zender500

Worst coffee in the world. Go Peets!!!


2 posted on 01/28/2012 1:32:28 PM PST by novascotianative
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To: Zender500

Since Starbuck’s values run counter to mine - I thought they were about selling coffee anyway - I guess they don’t need my business.


3 posted on 01/28/2012 1:32:55 PM PST by skeeter
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4 posted on 01/28/2012 1:34:21 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: Zender500

Just another reason to stay out of Starbucks along with their over priced, bitter coffee.


5 posted on 01/28/2012 1:34:21 PM PST by 352Bill
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To: skeeter

Why anybody waits in line to pay 4 bucks for a cup of coffee is way beyond my understanding.


6 posted on 01/28/2012 1:35:15 PM PST by nascarnation (DEFEAT BARAQ 2012 DEPORT BARAQ 2013)
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To: Zender500
Hitler throws glitter at Rick Santorum
7 posted on 01/28/2012 1:36:30 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper (NEWT GINGRICH 2012)
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To: Zender500

In addition to their high priced and totally bad tasting Kauphy this is an additional reason to bypass the ‘bucks’.


8 posted on 01/28/2012 1:36:30 PM PST by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Zender500

I haven’t been in a Starbucks for several years. Don’t plan on it, either.


9 posted on 01/28/2012 1:36:39 PM PST by dsc (Any attempt to move a government to the left is a crime against humanity.)
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To: Zender500

What about the buycott to support gun rights?


10 posted on 01/28/2012 1:37:04 PM PST by stuartcr ("In this election year of 12, how deep into their closets will we delve?")
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To: Zender500; All
I'm gonna have a hard time talkin' the wife outta her daily multiple doses of these:


11 posted on 01/28/2012 1:37:31 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: onedoug

Ping


12 posted on 01/28/2012 1:37:41 PM PST by windcliff
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To: Zender500

This just means that Starbucks promotes child abuse and hatred for Judeo/Christian Ethics.

They also have a hatred for the US Constitution which is founded on Natural Rights from God-—not “rights” for something as vile and evil as sodomy.

They want to establish a Natural Right from Barney Frank.
How sick and twisted is that man’s thinking—the opposite of the Founding Fathers.


13 posted on 01/28/2012 1:37:53 PM PST by savagesusie (Right Reason According to Nature = Just LawD)
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To: Zender500

Had one cup of Starbucks Coffee around 1995, spat out the first drink and poured the rest out at their front door. Then went 7/11 for a great cup of coffee made by Islamic Terrorists. I think 7/11 is where they all worked at the time. Seems like all the middle eastern men disappeared from 7/11 after 9/11. I’m surprised the 9/11 attack did not take place on 7/11.


14 posted on 01/28/2012 1:38:37 PM PST by Jukeman (God help us for we are deep in trouble.)
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To: savagesusie

Never spent a dime there, never will.


15 posted on 01/28/2012 1:39:42 PM PST by shelterguy
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To: musicman

At the prices they charge, she could buy a fifth of Jack Daniels every week instead, LOL.


16 posted on 01/28/2012 1:39:47 PM PST by nascarnation (DEFEAT BARAQ 2012 DEPORT BARAQ 2013)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Shoot Themselves in the Foot ping. Thanks Zender500.


17 posted on 01/28/2012 1:40:11 PM PST by SunkenCiv (FReep this FReepathon!)
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To: Zender500

““It’s so easy; you just get your expensive cup of coffee somewhere else,” he said.”

Well said. Unfortunately...I hold stock in that bastard coffee company. And my money manager hates homos more than I do. What a quandary.


18 posted on 01/28/2012 1:42:00 PM PST by max americana (Buttcrack Obama is an idiot)
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To: Zender500
Other people sell coffee, and for less money too.

ML/NJ

19 posted on 01/28/2012 1:42:05 PM PST by ml/nj
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To: novascotianative

Peets and Tim Horton’s baby.


20 posted on 01/28/2012 1:43:28 PM PST by max americana (Buttcrack Obama is an idiot)
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To: ml/nj; Zender500

21 posted on 01/28/2012 1:44:44 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (You can't invade the US. There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.~Admiral Yamamoto)
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To: Zender500
I would also say that if Starbucks gets to be known as a homosexual hangout, they will disappear faster than those little boxes of Kodak film did.

ML/NJ

22 posted on 01/28/2012 1:45:51 PM PST by ml/nj
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To: Zender500

I’ve always made my own coffee and always will. I can buy a pound of the finest coffee beans, enough for 30 or 40 cups, for the price of a couple of cups of Starbucks brew. It amazes me there’s a market for their product.


23 posted on 01/28/2012 1:46:46 PM PST by Bernard Marx
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Is that a Muslim in there?

ML/NJ

24 posted on 01/28/2012 1:47:26 PM PST by ml/nj
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To: nascarnation
Why anybody waits in line to pay 4 bucks for a cup of coffee is way beyond my understanding.

Herd mentality for those who want to be cool and support gays and other assorted nuts.

25 posted on 01/28/2012 1:50:33 PM PST by Cementjungle
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To: ml/nj

I don’t know. They just opened one up about 300 feet from my apartment complex and it’s hard to resist temptation.


26 posted on 01/28/2012 1:52:51 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (You can't invade the US. There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.~Admiral Yamamoto)
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To: savagesusie
They also have a hatred for the US Constitution which is founded on Natural Rights from God.

You should join the boycott of Starbucks.

Boycott of Starbucks to launch on Valentine's Day: End "open carry" gun policy

27 posted on 01/28/2012 1:56:51 PM PST by Doe Eyes
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To: Bernard Marx
I’ve always made my own coffee and always will. I can buy a pound of the finest coffee beans, enough for 30 or 40 cups, for the price of a couple of cups of Starbucks brew.

I'm wondering? Do you ever go out to a restaurant? The same argument could be made even against buying a hamburger at MacDonald's. I make lots of coffee here, but sometimes I leave my home and I have to buy coffee somewhere else. Others meet people for a cup of coffee outside their homes or offices. I can think of times when I've been on the road, and a coffee place (not Starbucks) provides me coffee, croissant, and Internet for an hour or more. Suggesting that all these places sell is ten cents worth of flavored water is just ignorant.

ML/NJ

28 posted on 01/28/2012 1:57:51 PM PST by ml/nj
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To: Zender500

My goodness. When I saw that headline, I thought Mitt Romney had developed a new honesty based campaign slogan.


29 posted on 01/28/2012 1:59:03 PM PST by Waryone (Mitt Romney, the father of gay marriage and socialized medicine in the US, is a lying socialist)
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To: Zender500

Undrinkable puke anyway.


30 posted on 01/28/2012 2:00:57 PM PST by editor-surveyor (No Federal Sales Tax - No Way!)
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To: Zender500

I never liked coffee anyway.


31 posted on 01/28/2012 2:03:26 PM PST by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide (REPEAL WASHINGTON! -- Islam Delenda Est! -- I Want Constantinople Back. -- Rumble thee forth.)
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To: Zender500

Don’t you just hate it when you can’t boycott something because you have never been in one, but I can pass it on about Starbutts love of homosexual marriage


32 posted on 01/28/2012 2:05:08 PM PST by wild74
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To: skeeter
I stopped doing business with this bunch of F—s long ago , 7 11 has better coffee , cheaper also. Washing state is a corrupt place from head to toe.
33 posted on 01/28/2012 2:06:17 PM PST by Billk
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To: skeeter

I saw their trend in the mid 90s, I haven’t been there since. They can go pound sand, and their elite know better than anyone else clientele.


34 posted on 01/28/2012 2:07:08 PM PST by Bulwyf
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To: wild74
Looks like Idiocracy got it right!

Pvt. Joe Bowers: Man, I could really go for a Starbucks, y'know?

Frito: I don't really think we have time for a handjob, Joe.

35 posted on 01/28/2012 2:09:07 PM PST by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: Zender500

Now seriously ... how many of you evil Fweepers could deny this couple ... don't say of what ... their happineth ... after all the service that Bawney wendered to the United States?

36 posted on 01/28/2012 2:10:39 PM PST by Zakeet (If Obama had half a brain, his butt would be lopsided)
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To: editor-surveyor

I haven’t stepped into a Starbucks in years, I think I’ve ordered coffee from them six times in total...every time I had to explain to an embryo in uniform how you make an espresso americano, and half the time I still didn’t get what I asked for. You can dress up a turd but you can’t take it to the dance.


37 posted on 01/28/2012 2:10:54 PM PST by AnTiw1
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To: Zakeet

You may kiss the bride.

(Not you zkt)


38 posted on 01/28/2012 2:26:02 PM PST by Jacquerie (No court will save us from ourselves.)
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To: Zender500
I really lke Starbucks' coffee; so it will be tough to boycott them (I mainly buy the beans and grind and brew my own coffee). Thing is: how long until EVERY company supports the homos out of fear if they don't?

BTW, the $4 coffee jokes are lame. It is only $4 if you are getting one of those milkshake type drinks. I bought a cup of regular coffee there this afternoon for $1.65.

39 posted on 01/28/2012 2:27:56 PM PST by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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To: musicman
thank you, filthy disease ridden queers delenda est...
40 posted on 01/28/2012 2:28:05 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: ml/nj
Suggesting that all these places sell is ten cents worth of flavored water is just ignorant.

It seems to me you're arguing just for the pleasure of arguing. Of course I sometimes buy coffee with restaurant meals or snacks but NEVER at Starbucks which exists only to sell overpriced coffee. I suppose ignorance is where you find it, and I find it in your post. This thread is about Starbucks.

41 posted on 01/28/2012 2:37:35 PM PST by Bernard Marx
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To: max americana

It’s easy for me to say but I’d sell. I don’t want to make money on companies that categorically promote evil. You can’t take it with you.

I wouldn’t divest for every little thing. For example if one Wal-Mart pretty obviously was racist, I’d keep Wal-Mart stock assuming the company as a whole wasn’t like that and took reasonable steps to correct the problem. Or if the manager at my local Starbucks was gay and promoted gay stuff, I may not shop THERE, but, I’d keep my stock.

However the whole company is officially promoting it. I’d sell.


42 posted on 01/28/2012 2:38:50 PM PST by Persevero (Homeschooling for Excellence since 1992)
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To: Sans-Culotte

“Thing is: how long until EVERY company supports the homos out of fear if they don’t?”

We are very much not near that yet, but, were it to occur, “find a need and fill it.” Start a non-homo coffee company. You’d probably do very well.


43 posted on 01/28/2012 2:41:32 PM PST by Persevero (Homeschooling for Excellence since 1992)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I drink coffee in the morning, but not a coffee snob by any means (beer snob yes). I LOVE me some Dunkin' Donuts or Tim Horton's coffee though. Both are fantastic at less than half the price of Scarbutts.
44 posted on 01/28/2012 2:41:32 PM PST by Mich Patriot (I am not worried about the deficit. It is big enough to take care of itself. Ronald Reagan)
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To: windcliff

Will that question appear on their employment applications?


45 posted on 01/28/2012 2:43:45 PM PST by onedoug
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To: Persevero

We need to do our part to make them fear SUPPORTING homos, not the other way around. Old Navy and Homo Depot already lost my business, and Starbucks never had it.


46 posted on 01/28/2012 2:44:21 PM PST by Mich Patriot (I am not worried about the deficit. It is big enough to take care of itself. Ronald Reagan)
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Corporate activism meet consumer activism. Now go # off.


47 posted on 01/28/2012 2:45:08 PM PST by Gene Eric (C'mon, Virginia -- are you with us or against us?!)
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To: Zender500

As if I needed another reason to avoid Starbucks....


48 posted on 01/28/2012 2:48:53 PM PST by Bigg Red (Pray for our republic.)
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To: Mich Patriot

We’ve been doing the K Cups on our Keurig machine. A LOT cheaper than Starbucks.


49 posted on 01/28/2012 2:51:23 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (You can't invade the US. There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.~Admiral Yamamoto)
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To: Zender500; MplsSteve
In Minnesota, there's always the Dunn Brothers alternative.


50 posted on 01/28/2012 2:53:38 PM PST by rhema ("Break the conventions; keep the commandments." -- G. K. Chesterton)
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