Skip to comments.Starbucks: Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage ‘Is Core to Who We Are and What We Value’
Posted on 01/28/2012 1:27:39 PM PST by Zender500
Starbucks, the worlds 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 companys 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 companys 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. Were 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.
Its 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 isnt the only thing brewing at Starbucks. So is controversy -- as customers learn about the companys 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 coffeehouses 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 organizations 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 isnt that a factor in Starbucks corporate decisions? he said.
In the past, the AFTAH has called for a boycott of the restaurant chain Chilis 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, its certainly an easy company to boycott.
Its so easy; you just get your expensive cup of coffee somewhere else, he said.
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Just so you know - Starbucks is pervert promotion 100%. It's "who they are" - their core values - mentally ill sex perversion.
Listen Pal, you're the one who said:
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.I don't know if English is a second language for you, but you might try to better understand the meaning of the word always.
tassimo for me.
Cheap beans,, over roasted to cover it up. Mcdonalds is a far better cup at a better price.
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And BTW, if you think Starbucks is overpriced, just try buying a cup of coffee at a Hyatt sometime.
Duncan is good,,,Like their coffee. Ditto for 7/11,, Starbucks is the poorest cup when stacked against Dunkin, McDs or 7/11,,, not even close.
Coffee is too strong and bitter,
Way over priced and I do not like their fag politics
Never drank a cup of coffee there without getting heartburn.
Psst...Dunkin Donuts, brewed up good and strong!
Take your trade to Panera’s instead. Look on their website about their dough nations.
I’ve heard Panera’s coffee is very good. Do you like it?
I grind my own beans and use a 12 cup french press. yum.
I’m in a walking club and the leader insisted on going into one. I bought the plan coffee and walked over to put half and half and splenda in it. took me 5 minutes. The rest ordered with weirdo fancy stuff and half an hour later they are still waiting.
We have one of those at my office. I have tried to love it but still prefer my french press and fresh ground beans.
Never had it but they sell a lot and seem to be a good wholesome company. I coffee up at home before I leave.
I’d say I’d boycott it but I never go there.
Been in with others in the past and every time I had been in there it is infested with people who seem to think all the country wants to be like them.
Oh look at me I have a NY Times and a starbucks drink ARF
meanwhile they’re under water with their house, full of debt and even the mocha, hocha what everca drink is paid on credit.
I would think Starbucks' core values would be along the lines of "make good drinks, increase customer base, increase profits, expand business."
Guess I'm just talking crazy talk here...
I’m *always* not your “pal.”
I’ve had it a few times in the past and didn’t like it at all without tons of cream and sugar. I don’t drink coffee often anyway. But now even if I want some on the road to stay away, it will never be Starbucks!
>> “I would think Starbucks’ core values would be along the lines of “make good drinks...” <<
How about the worst coffee in the known world?
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 came off a flight at SEATAC and walked over And purchased a cup of starflucks back in the 90’s. Took one drink and poured the crap in the trash. Now I would drink tank water before that nasty junk.
The whole attitude of that company is anti-USA.
Another + vote for Dunkin!
I’ve been buying Eight O’Clock coffee lately, and it is really good and a little over half the cost. Also, Target will be selling Gevalia soon, but it will be as expensive as Starbucks.
According to Star*ucks?
“I dont know. They just opened one up about 300 feet from my apartment complex and its hard to resist temptation.”
Understood. However, an honest effort to stop funding the opposition is the least we all can do to make a statement and possibly effect change, imo.
I don’t think I’ve ever had their coffee. I pretty much stick to my peppermint white chocolate mocha.
"Idiocracy" hits the nail on the head yet again.
Let Starbucks go the way of bankruptcy extinction.
I don’t think a penis was meant to be jammed into a pile of feces.
But that’s just me.
In any event, Starbucks is a ripoff and the coffee is mediocre. In fact, my wife met an old friend for lunch today and afterwards they decided to go out to chat and get some coffee. My wife asked, “Starbucks?”, and her friend scrunched up her face a little and replied that she preferred McDonalds coffee. So they went to McDonalds, had great coffee, and chatted at a table up at the front window for a good hour.
Dunkin Donuts and McDonalds coffee blow away Starbucks, both in taste and price.
Screw Starbucks. Not only does the corporation celebrate sodomy and perversion, their coffee sucks too.
(shrug) Maybe the homos like it?
My portfolio also includes McDonald’s and Walmart but Starbucks does allow concealed weapons in it’s stores if you search the FR threads. On the other hand, I have a small chance of acquiring enough shares to sit on the board so That I will have the opportunity to say “OK, whose idiotic idea was this that our company promote fag marriage?”
never got old Nay, Starbucks has mostly sheep elitist types and their coffee is crap anyway and homo depot lost my business last year and trust me I spend thousands a year , or should I say used to but now anymore
I’m a big tea drinker , few cups a day.
Homo depot has not got a cent off me since it went public with their homo agenda and giving money and paying for a homo depot float on their parades.
On their queer websites they have lists for their queers to go to , well two can play that game and if they only want t shop at their certain queer [places then I can shop at other places.
There is a bookstore with a small, very small homo flag in in the window in Boston, my misses is a big book reader and was about to go into there.
I saw the small sticker in the corner of the window and pointed it out to her.
Needless to say we took our money elsewhere.
Add burned up tire rubber to the mix and you have StarPuke’s best!
After I told hub about Homo Depot he doesn’t go there either, plenty of other places to choose from.
I drink tea too, coffee I take solely as medicine if falling asleep at the wheel or something similar.
Overpriced, overrated and too pretentious by half. I seldom bother with Starbucks anyhow, now I will actively avoid them.
‘Kauphy’? That’s a new one,at least to me.
She must be bouncing off the walls!
Is that supposed to be the New York/New Jersey way of pronouncing ‘Coffee’?
Well, they certainly don't value coffee that tastes worth a damn.
If people want to make an analogy between a white marrying a black and a man marrying a man (or a woman marrying a woman), then who would racial segregation be banned and sex segregation be allowed?
Liberals usually sputter and resort to insults when asked this because they don't have an answer.
But I do. Men and women are different in ways that different races are not.
And if the state can re-define such a fundamental institution as marriage - an institution that pre-dates the state - and legislate away differences between men and women, then the state has become despotic, and arrogated to itself enormous power.
Maybe Orwell should have said “war is peace, slavery is freedom, and a man or a woman is only what we say it is.”
And liberals get upset when the government classifies tomato paste as a vegetable?
John Smith won the Starbucks Employee of the Year Award for proposing the opening of a Starbuck’s store in a Starbucks store. (The Simpsons)