At the annual Starbucks shareholders meeting yesterday, NOM showed up to question Starbucks’ “controversial stance” on gay marriage. Starbucks stood in pro-gay solidarity with Microsoft and other prominent Washington-state companies when governor Christine Gregoire led the successful push for marriage equality in January.
After questioned by a NOM lackey whether it was a decision made at the highest levels, an eloquent Starbucks spokesman replied:
“Any decision of this type and magnitude has to be made with great thougtfulness and I would assure you that the senior team of Starbucks discussed this. To be candid with you, it was not something that was a difficult decision for us. [applause] We made that decision through the lens of humanity and being the company that embraces diversity.”
They have their right not to patronize Starbucks, and to start a DumpStarbucks petition, which currently has less than 2,500 pledges. We don’t think they’ll have much economic impact on Starbs, just as “One Million Moms” had little effect on JC Penney.
In just the same way, we reserve the right not to patronize Chick-fil-A or Urban Outfitters, companies that hate the gays.
The thing is, though, that Starbucks merely vocalized their support for gay marriage, they didn’t pump money into any pro-marriage groups, as far as we know. Chick-fil-A and Urban, on the other hand, have provided money to anti-gay hate groups for years.