Starbucks Lovers Unite

An anti-gay group is boycotting the coffee chain over its LGBT-friendly policies - so it's time to step up

If there ever was a time to grab a skinny mocha latte, it’s today. The National Organization for Marriage (NOM), which is actually against marriage equality and pretty much anything gay-friendly, has a major gripe with Starbucks. The group criticized the coffee chain for supporting same-sex marriage in Washington State where it’s headquartered. Marriage passed in the state and is expected to go into effect this summer.

“We respect the important role of businesses in providing goods, services and jobs, and that people of diverse moral views build great companies working together,” NOM president Brian Brown says in a statement. “But Starbucks has corporately, as an organization, endorsed and helped pass gay marriage in the state of Washington. Its executive vice president of partner resources has stated that gay marriage ‘is aligned with Starbucks business practices and upholds our belief in the equal treatment of partners. It is core to who we are and what we value as a company.’ Corporations should not take sides in a culture war that pits a company against half the American people, and nearly all its consumers in some international markets.”

NOM is so upset that it even launched a website called that encourages other anti-gay crusaders to stop buying Starbucks products.

We all know how this works by now, right? When a group like NOM goes after a brand that stands up for LGBT rights, it’s important to let that brand know we support it. So write to Starbucks and thank them for their support, go buy a coffee and make sure you spread the word about NOM’s dastardly tactics intended to discriminate against LGBT Americans.

“NOM is falling back on their typical tactics. Starbucks has been a vocal supporter of marriage equality for loving same-sex couples – views that are in-line with the majority of Americans – and that enrages NOM,” HRC president Joe Solmonese says. “As a result, NOM is throwing a temper-tantrum and encouraging its few supporters to intentionally harm the economic well-being of Starbucks employees all over the world.”