Starbucks in the Hot Seat?
We don’t usually see anti-gay groups like National Organization for Marriage (NOM) siding with religious zealots in the Middle East. But in a first, NOM says it will attack Starbucks overseas for supporting marriage equality in the U.S.
During the most recent election season, the Seattle-based coffee giant publicly supported the gay marriage law up for vote in its home state – subsequently donating big bucks to help it pass in Washington (which it did). And this has enraged groups like NOM that have admittedly been on the LGBT attack way before gay marriage ended up on the ballot.
It seems as though marriage equality success has really fueled NOM’s fire as its head honcho Brian Brown (he first created the “Dump Starbucks” campaign) promised to use Middle Eastern extremism to boycott the brand in countries that are, well, less optimistic about LGBT rights.
“In Qatar in the Middle East, we’ve begun working to make sure that there’s some price to be paid for this,” he said. “These are not countries that look kindly on same-sex marriage. And this is where Starbucks wants to expand, as well as India.”
And while Brown and his misinformed cronies at NOM seem to think that most Starbucks patrons believe that marriage is between a man and a woman, the fact is marriage equality passed at the polls for the first time, suggesting that American voters are a lot more enlightened – and perhaps quite thirsty for another venti latte.