Religious Right Attacks Starbucks for Gay Rights Support

The National Organization for Marriage's plan of attack? Get the Middle East to protest

Not everyone was super thrilled with gay right's major advances in the election last week, and one group is going to make LGBT-friendly Starbucks pay for it. 

The American Independent first leaked details of how the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) plans to attack Starbucks and other companies who support LGBT rights. How it plans to do it: cut off the companies' support in the Middle East, where Starbucks is already expanding. In a conference call last week, execs from NOM said they plan on spreading the word about Starbucks' stance on gay rights in countries that do not share the same view. Said NOM president Brian Brown (you can listen to the full audio on the American Independent): "Their international outreach is where we can have the most effect... So for example, in Qatar, in the Middle East, we’ve begun working to make sure that there’s some price to be paid for this. These are not countries that look kindly on same-sex marriage. And this is where Starbucks wants to expand, as well as India. So we have done some of this; we’ve got to do a lot more."

It's not the first time NOM has attacked Starbucks for its position; this year also brought on the "Dump Starbucks" campaign to boycott the coffee chain. The American Independent noted that during that campaign, NOM also sent targeted ads to places like Egypt, Beijing, Hong Kong, Kuwait, and more. In response, supporters made a Starbucks Appreciation Day this past summer to show gratitude for its stance on same-sex marriage — so at least not everyone's against Starbucks. 

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Magrath. Are your trying to persuade me??? Your argument is with God. He will never accept your reasoning. The US government has no authority over God's ordinance. God does not accept same sex couples immorality as marriage. By the way, the US government does recognize the authority of church marriages. You apparently do not understand 501C. Your tax example situation is bogus.

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I don't know-if I disagree with the politics of a business, I simply do not patronize it. As usual, the religious right goes too far.

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Nechrono21 It sounds like you are against religion. You have no idea who God is. A Christian is a person who believes Jesus is their savior. Jesus came and gave his life and paid for the sins of everyone in the world, not just the believers. The remaining choice is not for forgiveness of sin, but between life and death. The wages of sin is death. Sin is unbelief that Jesus is Lord. Once you figure that out, the choice is easy. Followers of Christ have no desire to follow evil. The question is not if God exist. The question is do you accept Jesus as your Lord.


@ Follower
That, of course, is based on the belief that god actually exists. but disregarding any major theological debates on our beliefs, i just want to pose a question. if god told you that just because you were married to your wife, or w/e that you would go to hell, would you still follow such a pretentious "God" even after he just damned you? anyways, i know lots o' God-fearing folk, and most of em actually support gay marriage, know why? because they dont believe in segragation. saying a gay cant marry is like saying a black cant sit on the bus, or a that a woman cannot vote. in order to go beyond our hate and darkness, we cannot rely upon a "God" that hasnt shown himself in thousands of years, we have to take action into our own hands to beat down the "sin" in our own hearts, since as human beings, we will never be "sin-free" but we CAN be hate-free. learn the ways of your god, before you bring up his name, afterall, doth the bible not state "Eye for an eye? and yet it also states, to turn the other cheek. me, im just informing you to "treat others the way you, yourself would like to be treated. personally, i'd go fuck a motherfucker up if he told me i couldnt marry my Girlfriend.

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This marriage organization has completely forgotten one essential aspect of family values -- employment. I'm sure there are plenty of men and women in traditional marriages who work at Starbucks and depend on the success of the company and their restaurants to put food on their traditional tables. What does NOM or NAM or whatever have to say to them? "We're undercutting your employment to further our interests." Really?


Where the gay rights people go wrong is that they believe marriage is a contract sanctioned by the government. It is not. Marriage is an ordinance given to the Church by God. No matter what, God will not change.


@follower: Marriage is a legal status conferred by the government. That's why you need to get a marriage license from the state. That's why even Priests say, "By the power vested in my by the state of ____ ..."

Also, marriage is more than just a legal status. Marriage is a fundamental civil right. So says the Supreme Court of the United States in over a dozen cases dating back to the 1880s.

Your confusion stems from the fact that the word marriage ALSO refers to a religious sacrament. You can get that sacramental blessing from a church, and your church is free to marry or not marry anyone that they choose depending on your church's faith beliefs. The government can't change or interfere with that.

But marriage is ALSO a secular civil matter. That's why you can get married at town hall by any state clerk or justice of the peace -- no church necessary.

Your church may find scripture to hold that marriage between members of the same sex is not allowed.

But under the civil laws of the United States of America, marital status is a matter for states to determine and now with Washington state, Maine and Maryland added to New York, Massachusetts and all the others, there are tens of millions of Americans living in jurisdictions where marriage equality is the law of the land.

That much is true, no matter how much you vow to stop drinking Starbucks.


So according to your statements, there is no such thing as marriage unless there is a government. It was man that created government. Man has attempted to be God and claim His authority. Sorry, your theory does not hold water. I will stay with God’s authority of marriage.


@follower: No, I never said there is no such thing as marriage unless there is government. Stop making up things and putting words in my mouth. If you go back and read what I wrote it is plain as day that I was writing about the civil laws of the United States of America.

So if you want to go to a deserted island where there is no government, sure you can look to God for marriage, or whatever else you want to do. But here, in the United States of America, it is irrefutable that marriage is a legal status conferred by the power of the states.

Don't believe me? Try filing a tax return with the IRS as a single person but falsely claiming you are married without any civil legal authority to claim that status. You'll end up in a very real Federal prison. Have fun with that.

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