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NOM Goes After Starbucks

The following post comes from HRC Digital Media Intern Eric Cameron:

Early last week, Starbucks joined a long and growing list of corporations supporting marriage equality in Washington state – and NOM is not pleased.

NOM President Brian Brown is actually demanding the coffee company “stay out of marriage fights.”

"Americans should be able to drink a peaceful cup of coffee without worrying that a portion of the company's profits is going to be used to push gay marriage without a vote from the people," said Brown in a statement released yesterday. "This is a gratuitous leap into a hot button culture war issue; respect for diversity touted by Starbucks ought to include respecting the diverse views of all its customers and employees."

NOM appears to be all for “respecting the diverse views” of consumers – as long as those views don’t contradict their organization’s anti-LGBT mission. That much is evident by their demand that GOP presidential candidates sign a “Marriage Vow,” which includes a promise to set up a McCarthy-like commission to shut down the voices of LGBT advocates and their fair-minded allies.

In last week’s press release, Kalen Holmes, executive vice president of Starbucks Partner Relations, emphasized Starbucks’ longstanding commitment to providing “an inclusive, supportive and safe work environment for all of our partners.” They announced no plans to stop serving customers with differing views on marriage.

Best of luck to Brian Brown in his search for a peaceful cup of coffee.

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