Skip to comments.How Marriott’s owner put aside his Mormon beliefs to cash in on the LGBT travel market
Posted on 06/27/2014 9:33:37 AM PDT by Colofornian
Marriott International launched its #LoveTravels marketing campaign on June 2, targeting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender customersas well as pro-LGBT consumerswith a campaign designed to convey the companys commitment to make everyone feel comfortable being who they are.
The campaign already has its own dedicated website (two of them, actually); hotel-mounted billboards in Washington DC; and is spreading in social and LGBT media. Shot by the photographer Braden Summers, it features the recently out-of-the-closet basketball player Jason Collins and the transgender model Geena Rocero, and invites people to share their stories of travel on social media with the hashtag #LoveTravels. The campaign is timed to attract attention at LGBT Pride celebrations in New York, Washington and San Francisco.
This is just the latest pro-LGBT move by Marriotts executive director, Bill Marriott, a visible, lifelong Mormon who has professed faith in his churchs teachingsincluding traditional marriage.
The son of the chains founder, J. Willard Marriott (the man that former Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney, whose given name is Willard, was named for), Bill Marriott is not a newcomer to the LGBT rights movement. In fact, he has been a quiet supporter of LGBT rights for more than 25 years. Marriott International began offering benefits for same-sex domestic partners of their American employees in the late 1990s. Since 2007, Marriott has consistently earned high ratings from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), a leading American LGBT watchdog organization, and the hotel chain joined HRCs coalition of businesses opposing the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which barred the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages until it was overturned in 2013 by the Supreme Court. Marriott opposed Californias Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage. And a Marriott hotel in Chicago even hosted the International Mr. Leather Competition, a leather fetish pageant, in 2012.
When the media questioned Bill Marriott about how he reconciles this stance with his faith, in 2008, Bill Marriott released a statement explaining: The Bible that I love teaches me about honesty, integrity and unconditional love for all people, he said then. But beyond that, I am very careful about separating my personal faith and beliefs from how we run our business.
Be that as it may, Marriotts Mormon faith (and politics) may have factored into the chains 2011 decision to remove pay-per-view pornography from the chains in-room TV systems. Marriotts phase-out of porn following a long stint of pressure from Christian organizations was seen as connected to Romneys presidential campaign (since Romney had been an on-and-off board member and Marriott hotel porn was a thorn in Romneys side in 2008). But ultimately, the chain attributed the move to the hotels inability to compete with adult entertainment on guests devicesa claim supported by hospitality market research showing a dip in revenue for in-room pornography.
Why is Bill Marriott so careful to separate faith and business when it comes to LGBT consumers? In a nutshell, $202 billion.
Thats how big the global LGBT travel market is predicted to be this year, up from $181 billion in 2013, according to industry analysts Out Now Globalwith LGBT spending comprising 13% of all global travel spending. That 11% rise is more than double (pdf) the increase in world travel spending overall, which is expected to rise 4% to 5% this year. The number of US 18- to 34-year-olds self-identifying as LGBT has risen by more than 60% since 2007 (a 26% increase among all Americans), and married gay men spend 11% more on nonessential purchases than their heterosexual counterparts.
From a Wikipedia article: He is an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). In an episode of 60 Minutes aired on April 7, 1996, Marriott was interviewed regarding his faith by Mike Wallace. The episode also included interviews with football star Steve Young and church leader Gordon B. Hinckley. In 1997 Marriott was called by the church to be an Area Authority Seventy and member of the Fifth Quorum of Seventy. This was split in 2004 and Marriott joined the newly created Sixth Quorum of the Seventy, serving until his release on October 1, 2011." J. W. "Bill" Marriott, Jr.
(This shows that Bill Marriott is NOT some "Jack Mormon")
From the article: The son of the chains founder, J. Willard Marriott (the man that former Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney, whose given name is Willard, was named for), Bill Marriott is not a newcomer to the LGBT rights movement. In fact, he has been a quiet supporter of LGBT rights for more than 25 years.
Mitt Romney has served on the Marriott board for almost 14 years:
Former U.S. presidential candidate and Mormon Mitt Romney has rejoined the board of directors of Marriott International, founded and owned by the Marriott family, also members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, often mistakenly called the Mormon Church. Romney served on the board of directors for the company from 1993 until 2002, when he resigned to serve as the governor of Massachusetts. He joined the company again after an unsuccessful run for president in 2008. He served until January 2011, when he resigned to be in the race for the White House. (Dec. 6, 2012 announcement that Romney yet again rejoined the Marriott Board of Directors...Romney Rejoins Marriott)
Not just the marketing to queers, but isn’t Marriot the Number One hotel for pornography viewing?
You cannot serve two masters, you must choose between God and mammon. Mr. Marriott hass simply made his choice.
OUT LAND ISH!
The Marriot : Paradise for “Transgenders”
what a great piece of toxic promotional material for the COMPETITION
That’s because he doesn’t have to wash the sheets.
Interesting, a capitalist makes money off of perverts.
I hope he is paying his %10.?
If you need to be made “comfortable” being who you are then it is a good indication that you don’t like who you are.
If it was. It isn’t anymore. According to the article, they stopped showing them when customers stopped by them.
The article mentions how Marriott was "phasing out" porn.
But Marriott has been in the porn industry for over 20 years (pre 1990).
So Bill Marriott the Mormon leader has been in the porn industry for a long time, showing how he compartmentalizes his faith -- and how the Mormon Church has rewarded him for that by giving him leadership positions.
Marriott is a PUBLIC corporation that trades under the symbol MAR, which has a market capitalization of $18.7 billion as of yesterday. Bill Marriott does not own the company. And he stepped down as CEO in 2012.
It doesn’t do the author any favors to his credibility if he can’t get those simple facts correct.
Mormons figured out a long time ago (like when they were lending money to people to build casinos in Nevada) that people are going to sin, and there’s no reason why you can’t make money off their sin, so long as you’re actually doing the sinning yourself. Their long view is that it just gives him more money to tithe.
Some serve God, but more serve Mammon.
So is Gay-riott the new Gay-Cee Penney?
Just wait until polygamy becomes legal. Marriott will be giving out the Joseph Smith special deal, extra rooms for the extra wives...
What does phasing out porn mean?
Why not get end it?
There is no conflict between mormonISM and homosexuality, so why is this a surprise?
It means open-ended, but provides a convenient response to anybody critical of the company.
As the article shows, wasn't a morally-based decision, but a mere financial one.
And "phasing out" also likely means that the less profitable hotels-serving-as-the-porn-industry would be the first ones to stop it as a "service."
“”Bill Marriott, a visible, lifelong Mormon”
You cannot serve two masters, you must choose between God and mammon. Mr. Marriott hass simply made his choice.”
So, too, did the LDS leadership - when they “embraced diversity” and reversed their position on “Queer Nation”.
In both cases.
If he really loved the Bible and paid attention to what he was reading, he would have fled Mormonism years ago.
hahaha That’s a good one.
You know those outline family stickers, usually on mini vans?
Anyway, while driving through Arizona I saw one with the man, woman, five kids but behind the man were two women, like their stickers were put down first, then the man carefully over them so they were viable but not prominent.....interesting I though.
RINOmney is on the Board at Marriott. No doubt he approved and cashed his gay and porn checks.
The Mormons are very happy letting them taking over the Boy Scouts
Oh this is too funny....which evidences his beliefs go no further than being a member in the mormon organization... No different then someone belonging to any other organization that tacks on religion to make it palatable to those without true faith. We're going to see more and more unbelievers within so called churches ahead....religion sells to the masses regardless of it masquerading as something it is not.
Does Marriott’s offer a torture chamber for the
bondage & leather crowd?
Well, I'm sure their room-designers and marketers could have a CRACK at it!
....”Their long view is that it just gives him more money to tithe”.....
I believe it’s the entire picture for the Mormon Leadership ....to maintain the revenues and increase them by whatever means and source. They are also big in Globalization and that agenda...I suspect they will be one of the revenue sources sought after when the One World Governance is in full operation.....ALL large churches, and those who call themselves that, will be sought for their constant flow of revenue.
Profits trump Prophets.
Whores will do anything for money.
How very queer.
The article says he’s been extending same sex partners benefits for 25 years. Not a new “gay friendly” corporation.
With some "prophets," it's all one in the same!
(Joseph Smith was arrested in the 1820s for "glass looking" -- a 19th century term for treasure-seekers who would defraud others in the process...Smith made more of a lifestyle that was underwrote by his supporters from 'religion' than he ever did 'treasure-seeking'/glass-looking)
Smith ran a sizeable rooming house and had a larger house built for him (with his own private bar...see Mormon Truth!! October 8, 2005 log re: account from Joseph Smith's own son).
By April 11, 1844, he had himself pronounced "King" [On April 11, at a meeting of the Fifty, Joseph was secretly chosen as our Prophet, Priest and King by Hosannas. The Council performed an ordinance in which Joseph suffered himself to be ordained a king, to reign over the house of Israel forever. -- Citizen Smith]...
...and he was running for President of the United States!
he said then. But beyond that, I am very careful about separating my personal faith and beliefs from how we run our business.
but the LORD Jesus Christ of the Christian Bible said that we were to run our business along side our faith in God and Christianity...
To further make His point the LORD Jesus Christ overturned the tables of the Mormon businesses err the money changers oh that’s the same thing...
see again how different Mormonism is to Christianity..
Gee, a whole year and a half ago...THAT ought to satisfy St. Peter at the Gate...OH WAIT! Mariott only has to "get past Joseph Smith"! That's OK then!
"No man or woman in this dispensation will ever enter into the celestial kingdom of God without the consent of Joseph Smith...every man and woman must have the certificate of Joseph Smith, junior, as a passport to their entrance into the mansion where God and Christ are...[Joseph Smith] reigns there as supreme a being in his sphere, capacity, and calling, as God does in heaven. Many will exclaim"Oh, that is very disagreeable! It is preposterous! We cannot bear the thought!" But it is true." -Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, vol. 7, p.289-91
...Got that right!
I wonder which God will see as the lesser sin....Kate Kelly fighting for equality in the mormon church, or Marriott distributing filth for 24 years.
The mormon leaders have made THEIR choice!
Motto of the mormon church!
Are you sure Obama isn't secretly a mormon elder?
According to Fawn Brodie, it wasn't a private bar. Quite the opposite, Joseph turned his mansion in Nauvoo into a public saloon for a short time. Emma returned from an out-of-town trip and was appalled to find the enterprise in high gear in the downstairs rooms of her house. She ordered the tavern closed immediately on the grounds that it was no way for a prophet to act. Joseph protested that the liquor sales were bringing in more money than anything else he had ever done. Emma stood firm and then threatened to move out with the children, presumably to Joseph's nearby hotel. Faced with the loss of both his family and extended family, Joseph relented.
What does that have to do with my point??
If you are going to be taken seriously as a writer you can’t screw up simple facts like that when they are so easy to fact check.
Thanks for the correction...
You're welcome ... and now you owe me.
Sometime, you're going to have to pay me back by taking me to Mossiers for one of these!
20. Then the LORD said, "The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great and their sin so grievous
21. that I will go down and see if what they have done is as bad as the outcry that has reached me. If not, I will know."
4. Before they had gone to bed, all the men from every part of the city of Sodom--both young and old--surrounded the house.
5. They called to Lot, "Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so that we can have sex with them."
6. Lot went outside to meet them and shut the door behind him
7. and said, "No, my friends. Don't do this wicked thing.
Isaiah 3:9 The look on their faces testifies against them; they parade their sin like Sodom; they do not hide it. Woe to them! They have brought disaster upon themselves.
2 Peter 2:13b Their idea of pleasure is to carouse in broad daylight. They are blots and blemishes, reveling in their pleasures while they feast with you.
49. "`Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy.
50. They were haughty and did detestable things before me. Therefore I did away with them as you have seen.
1. But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them--bringing swift destruction on themselves.
2. Many will follow their shameful ways and will bring the way of truth into disrepute.
3. In their greed these teachers will exploit you with stories they have made up. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping.
4. For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but sent them to hell, putting them into gloomy dungeons to be held for judgment;
5. if he did not spare the ancient world when he brought the flood on its ungodly people, but protected Noah, a preacher of righteousness, and seven others;
6. if he condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah by burning them to ashes, and made them an example of what is going to happen to the ungodly;
7. and if he rescued Lot, a righteous man, who was distressed by the filthy lives of lawless men
8. (for that righteous man, living among them day after day, was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard)--
9. if this is so, then the Lord knows how to rescue godly men from trials and to hold the unrighteous for the day of judgment, while continuing their punishment.
10. This is especially true of those who follow the corrupt desire of the sinful nature and despise authority. Bold and arrogant, these men are not afraid to slander celestial beings;
11. yet even angels, although they are stronger and more powerful, do not bring slanderous accusations against such beings in the presence of the Lord.
12. But these men blaspheme in matters they do not understand. They are like brute beasts, creatures of instinct, born only to be caught and destroyed, and like beasts they too will perish.
13. They will be paid back with harm for the harm they have done. Their idea of pleasure is to carouse in broad daylight. They are blots and blemishes, reveling in their pleasures while they feast with you.
But there IS hope!!!
1 Corinthians 6:9-11
9. Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived:
Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders
10. nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
11. And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
If you could NOT change, you would be in most pitiful shape...
Not just the marketing to queers, but isnt Marriot the Number One hotel for pornography viewing?
"All of this should be conveyed without having priesthood leaders focus upon intimate matters which are a part of husband and wife relationships. Skillful interviewing and counseling can occur without discussion of clinical details by placing firm responsibility on individual members of the Church to put their lives in order before exercising the privilege of entering a house of the Lord. The First Presidency has interpreted oral sex as constituting an unnatural, impure, or unholy practice. If a person is engaged in a practice which troubles him enough to ask about it, he should discontinue it."
- Official Declaration of the First Presidency of the Church, January 5th, 1982
"Among the most common sexual sins our young people commit are necking and petting. Not only do these improper relations often lead to fornication, [unwed] pregnancy, and abortions - all ugly sins - but in and of themselves they are pernicious evils, and it is often difficult for youth to distinguish where one ends and another begins. They awaken lust and stir evil thoughts and sex desires. They are but parts of the whole family of related sins and indiscretions. Almost like twins, 'petting' and fornication are alike."
- Prophet Spencer W. Kimball, The Miracle of Forgiveness, page 65
"Also far-reaching is the effect of the loss of chastity. Once given or taken or stolen it can never be regained. Even in a forced contact such as rape or incest, the injured one is greatly outraged. If she has not cooperated and contributed to the foul deed, she is of course in a more favorable position. There is no condemnation where there is no voluntary participation. It is better to die in defending one's virtue than to live having lost it without a struggle."
- Prophet Spencer W. Kimball, The Miracle of Forgiveness, page 196
"And Cain said unto the Lord, My punishment is greater than I can bear. Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth." (Genesis 4:9-14.) That was true of murder. It is also true of illicit sex, which, of course, includes all petting, fornication, adultery, homosexual acts, and all other perversions. The Lord may say to offenders, as He did to Cain, "What hast thou done?" The children thus conceived make damning charges against you; the companions who have been frustrated and violated condemn you; the body that has been defiled cries out against you; the spirit which has been dwarfed convicts you. You will have difficulty throughout the ages in totally forgiving yourself."
-Prophet Spencer W. Kimball, "Love Versus Lust", BYU Speech January 5, 1965. Often-used quote still used today in LDS seminary classes.
"I do not find in the Bible the modern terms "petting" nor "homosexuality," yet I found numerous scriptures which forbade such acts under by whatever names they might be called. I could not find the term "homosexuality," but I did find numerous places where the Lord condemned such a practice with such vigor that even the death penalty was assessed."
- Apostle Spencer W. Kimball, "Love Versus Lust", BYU Speech January 5, 1965
"If adultery or fornication justified the death penalty in the old days, and still in Christ's day, is the sin any less today because the laws of the land do not assess the death penalty for it? Is the act less grievous? There must be a washing, a purging, a changing of attitudes, a correcting of appraisals, a strengthening toward self-mastery. There must be many prayers, and volumes of tears. There must be an inner conviction giving to the sin its full diabolical weight. There must be increased devotion and much thought and study. And this takes energy and time and often is accompanied with sore embarrassment, heavy deprivations and deep trials, even if indeed one is not excommunicated from the Church, losing all spiritual blessings."
-Prophet Spencer W. Kimball, The Miracle of Forgiveness, Page 155
"How like the mistletoe is immorality. The killer plant starts with a sticky sweet berry. Little indiscretions are the berries -- indiscretions like sex thoughts sex discussions, passionate kissing, pornography. The leaves and little twigs are masturbation and necking and such, growing with every exercise. The full-grown plant is petting and sex looseness. It confounds, frustrates, and destroys like the parasite if it is not cut out and destroyed, for, in time it robs the tree, bleeds its life, and leaves it barren and dry; and, strangely enough, the parasite dies with its host."
- Apostle Spencer W. Kimball, General Conference Address, April 1, 1967.
He was only against abortion because he was running for President. I heard one interview where he said that the Mormon Church did not take a stand on abortion. I can believe that.
Conservative did not like Romney. He would claim to have similar views to whatever audience he was speaking to.