Groups to Boycott Starbucks Over Stances on Gay Rights, Guns

Separate boycotts criticize coffee chain's stances on national issues. What are your thoughts?

Some religious and political groups are urging customers to grab their morning coffee elsewhere in light of the company's stance on gay marriage and its policy on guns.

USA Christian Ministries, a group boycotting Starbucks for its recent support of gay marriage in the state of Washington, said in a news release that the coffee chain's decision has angered Christians.

"Christians are upset with Starbucks for turning against God," Steven Andrew, president of USA Christian Ministries, said.

The group hopes that, with full support from Christians, Starbucks, which operates , could lose up to 80 percent of its business.

Starbucks joined Microsoft and Nike in publicly supporting gay marriage in a statement last week, according to the Seattle Times. In its statement, Kalen Holmes, executive vice president for partner resources, said the Starbucks embraces diversity and provides an "inclusive, supportive and safe work environment" for its employees.

"This important legislation is aligned with Starbucks business practices and upholds our belief in the equal treatment of partners," the statement read. "It is core to who we are and what we value as a company."

This isn't the first time the company has made headlines for taking a stance on gay marriage. In 2011, Starbucks was among a group of 70 business and organizations opposing the Defense of Marriage Act, CNN reported.

An unrelated Feb. 14 boycott is planned to protest the company's policy allowing customers with guns to be served.

The National Gun Victims Action Council, an anti-gun group, said in a Jan. 23 news release its goal is to "eliminate the risk of guns in public places and ultimately to bring sane gun laws to the U.S."

Charles Cornwallace February 07, 2012 at 03:04 AM
Will you look at what this country has been turned into! Run the chance of putting people out of work in order to get an agenda pushed through? Who the hell cares what Starbucks thinks about any of htese issues? Last time I checked, you can't buy a gun there or get married at one. This has nothing to do with gay marriage or even guns -- it has to do with the progressive push to manage other people's property for them. It's all fun until someone else decides to tell you how to use your property, right!
Dom DeCicco February 07, 2012 at 03:10 AM
I think I am going to buy a bunch of $5 Starbucks gift certificates and hand them out after church next week. I might even ask my neighbor to join me for a Starbucks tomorrow. We haven't been talking much lately after a falling out, but this may be a good way of putting that behind us. We could have a Latte while I try to convince her of how poor our EDUCATION INDUSTRY is being run. I may ask her to say "No" to Make Your Day.
Robert Chambers February 07, 2012 at 12:03 PM
I never go to Starbucks but I'll make an exception on that "boycott day" to show them the world isn't full of asinine biggots and namby pamby gun control freaks.
Anne K. Mulligan February 07, 2012 at 12:26 PM
The same religious groups wanted people to boycott Disneyland a few years ago for the same reason. As far as I know, it had absolutely no effect on Disney's profits.
Mark Hannon February 07, 2012 at 01:17 PM
USA Christian Ministries seems nothing more than common, ordinary bigots, using religion to legitimize their stance. I doubt Starbucks will even notice.


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