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Gay marriage with your overpriced coffee? No thanks!

By Washington Times

Offended by the decision of Starbucks chief Howard Schultz to support gay marriage, a Christian organization is seconding the CEO's demand that Christian shareholders sell their stock in the ubiquitous coffee chain.

"Christians and pro-family groups across the United States have contributed significantly to the economic success of Starbucks," said American Family Association President Tim Wildmon in a statement. "However, we can certainly honor Mr. Shultz's request to take our business elsewhere."

At Starbucks' annual meeting last week, shareholder Thomas Strobhar, who runs an organization that opposes gay marriage, criticized the company for supporting same-sex marriage, claiming that taking a public stance on the issue was hurting its bottom line. This came after Starbucks last year backed a bill to legalize the practice in Washington state, which led to the National Organization for Marriage boycotting the coffee chain.

Mr. Schultz then invited those who disagree with the store's support for gay marriage to sell their shares and leave the company.

"If you feel, respectfully, that you can get a higher return than the 38 percent you got last year, it's a free country," Mr. Schultz said at the shareholder meeting. "You can sell your shares of Starbucks and buy shares in another company. Thank you very much."

Mr. Schultz' comments offended the American Family Association, which pointed out that Christian community holds thousands of Bible studies sessions at Starbucks locations around the country and is responsible for tens of millions of dollars spent at the coffee chain each year.

"The prospect for Starbucks' future growth due to faith-based individuals and groups across the country held great promise," Mr. Wildmon said. "But due to Mr. Shultz's alienation of our beliefs, which he demonstrated through his blatantly intolerant, politically charged actions, Christians will likely heed his advice."

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  1. e66lithComment by e66lith
    April 1, 2013 @ 11:53 am

    Isn’t Mr. Wildmon the one who thinks the word “sex” is baked into Ritz crackers?

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    • earthkingComment by earthking
      April 1, 2013 @ 12:49 pm

      You’re an idiot.

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    • outspoken2Comment by outspoken2
      April 1, 2013 @ 4:06 pm

      I can tell whose side you’re on.

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    • my04301933Comment by my04301933
      April 1, 2013 @ 4:38 pm

      Starbucks’ CEO either owns the company…or at this point is simply a “temporary hire”…pay him nor the company no mind…

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  2. earthkingComment by earthking
    April 1, 2013 @ 12:52 pm

    More perversion being rammed down our throats. Sell all Starbucks stock and never buy another cup; I won’t.

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    • hashtagComment by hashtag
      April 1, 2013 @ 2:29 pm

      This may make some people mad and I don’t care. I am a 55 year old Texan. I have spent time in Iraq and Afghanistan and traveled the world. I have and never will step foot in a Starbucks. When I was married I would sometimes take my wife there and I never entered the business. I am a man. I have fought many battles in my life and I stand my ground. The people I see at Starbucks sicken me. Limp and frail in mind, spirit and body. It’s coffee people. Not an orgasmic release. I think most people go there just to be seen.

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    • my04301933Comment by my04301933
      April 1, 2013 @ 2:37 pm

      “If you feel, respectfully, that you can get a higher return than the 38 percent you got last year, it’s a free country,” Mr. Schultz said at the shareholder meeting. “You can sell your shares of Starbucks and buy shares in another company. Thank you very much.”

      I don’t give a rat’s rear on the 38 percent , their pieces of silver…it ain’t worth losing 100 per cent of HIS love…

      So…Kiss Off, Starbuck

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    • gimmesometruthComment by gimmesometruth
      April 1, 2013 @ 2:58 pm

      What would you expect from an organization that proudly displays a pagan symbol as its corporate logo?

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    • MorganComment by Morgan
      April 1, 2013 @ 4:45 pm

      I don’t own any stock in Starbucks, but I used to occasionally buy a cup when we went shopping at a major chain store and they had a Starbucks stand, but never again.

      When I found they were pouring millions into getting gay marriage passed in my home state of Washington, that was it. I’ve never bought anything since, and I’m ecouraging my brother to sell his stocks.

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  3. gopuc12450Comment by gopuc12450
    April 1, 2013 @ 1:46 pm

    Too bad, I used to frequent the coffee shops.
    All I want is coffee, without attitude.
    Goodby Starbucks.

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    • bna42Comment by bna42
      April 1, 2013 @ 4:22 pm

      I wonder why Christians organizations are not calling for a boycott of Starbucks much like the homosexuals called for against Chick-Fil-a.

      When Starbucks’ stock drops in value, the CEO might wish he wasn’t so arrogant.

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    • marj0120Comment by marj0120
      April 1, 2013 @ 5:46 pm

      I can’t believe this guy didn’t take notice of what Chick-Fil-a got as a result of the gay boycott. They did a couple of months worth of normal business in one day. You can throw rocks at Christians but when you cross the line, their buying power quickly shows you which side of the bread the butter is on. So boycott it is…. I will email, Rush or Savage and all they have to say is the word.

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  4. 7papa7Comment by 7papa7
    April 1, 2013 @ 2:03 pm

    Everyone who claims Christ as Savior needs to boycott Starbucks. They need to remember that they answer to a Holy God for their actions.

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    • burner123Comment by burner123
      April 1, 2013 @ 3:12 pm

      That is the proper thing to do. I never drank the stuff anyway. My children drink it, they are over 40 and I will try to persuade them to go elsewhere.

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  5. jb80538Comment by jb80538
    April 1, 2013 @ 2:11 pm

    same sex “marriage” is wrong, Starbucks coffee is bad overpriced coffee.

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    • theoldsargeComment by theoldsarge
      April 1, 2013 @ 4:14 pm

      Not only is their coffee way over priced it is grossly over rated. I tried it once and that was the first and last time. I went to the mens room, spit it out, paid them and left. Worse coffee I ever tasted.

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  6. jmoreComment by jmore
    April 1, 2013 @ 2:28 pm

    Mr. Shultz should be reminded that it was mainly Christian customer dollars that brought Starbucks from its one-store beginnings to an American success story. Homosexuals contributed very little, except the spread of HIV/AIDS across the country. These two sentences are facts, not an opinion.

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    • dickgComment by dickg
      April 1, 2013 @ 2:37 pm

      I was pleasantly surprised when Starbucks announced that they would follow the laws in the State and area regarding firearms possession in their stores.
      .
      HOWEVER, Generally it is bad business practice to get your business involved in politics or controversial subjects.
      .
      With regard to their latest entry into public controversy, I must decline to do further business with STARBUCKS.

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  7. sockettuemComment by sockettuem
    April 1, 2013 @ 2:40 pm

    Never set foot in one again.

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  8. skopiiComment by skopii
    April 1, 2013 @ 2:43 pm

    Schultz, and the rest of the Homosexuals are WRONG. It is the homosexuals who are ANTI-Human and ANTI-Civil Rights. If you don’t reproduce you are ANTI-Humanity, and if you’re ANTI-Civilization as well, you’re ANTI-Civil Rights. Stop listening to these WRONG way morons. The CORRECT Natural Order throughout Nature is Male+Female. Those who OPPOSE the CORRECT Order are not only out of sync with Nature, they also happen to be INCORRECT. Change America “Vote Incumbents Out!” Thank You.

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  9. RME KRNLComment by RME KRNL
    April 1, 2013 @ 3:15 pm

    I haven’t shopped Starbucks for years, because their coffee is overpriced, not any better than Caribou Coffee or Dunkin Donuts, and I got tired of having to learn a foreign language from their so-called barisitas just to order a cup of coffee. They have always been elitist, which was and is part of their “charm” for some people (oh, I’m SPECIAL because I drink MY coffee from STARBUCKS), and continue to be even more so now.

    Even if I hadn’t already long ago stopped for the reasons stated, I would stop now, because Starbucks has offended me as a Christian. Gays represent only about 2% of the overall population. I wish not only Christian shareholders would pull their money from Starbucks but also that Christians would boycott buying anything from them.

    Let’s see how successful Schultz and Company remain with only 2% of the population supporting them.

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    • way2coolComment by way2cool
      April 1, 2013 @ 4:01 pm

      We will easily recognize the pro-gaymarriage crowd. They’ll be the ones walking around with the Starbuck’s ‘to go’ cups as status symbols.

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  10. srfhouseComment by srfhouse
    April 1, 2013 @ 3:18 pm

    Not a problem for us conservative Mormons at least as far as the investing and usage of coffee shops for religious study. However, it is sad to see any company, even one that I would never patronize take the side of opposition. Just one more reason not to drink coffee I guess.

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  11. Allen SComment by Allen S
    April 1, 2013 @ 3:53 pm

    There was a comment on another site that is calling it “Charbucks” because it tastes burnt. I agree. Never liked it and now I know why since they would rather cater to the homosexual lifestyle. They are hurting their own business.

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  12. marj0120Comment by marj0120
    April 1, 2013 @ 3:54 pm

    I much prefer Folgers, made at home the way I like it. They don’t sell anything I can’t get somewhere else both cheaper and better! Boycott by Christians no big deal to him, guess he didn’t read the rating results of the mini-series called the Bible. I’ll happier follow his advise and shop elsewhere, I’m a Christian, proud of it and unwilling to spend my Christians dollars where they are not welcome. Hope the company can stay afloat with all those “gay” dollars.

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  13. Dancing DanComment by grantjrdaniel
    April 1, 2013 @ 4:08 pm

    I do not know who is the biggest freak HASHTAG or SKOPII, SKOPII does know wtat his ANTI is all about I think he is the one that is ANTI everything. Thje Texan that fought in Iraq and Afghanistan I honor your service for you were doing what the POTUS told you to do but it was not for my liberty, I fought in WWII in the Pacific for your freedom. The Gays and Lesbians were born with different chromosomes than you and I, you Religious people it is wrong for like sexes to love one another is wrong we live in a country where all men are created equal and our Constitution says all citizens have equal rights. I am 86 years old and have seen Gays from the get go, they have never bothered me so why should I or you worry about who they love or become a union with, if you look around most every family has someone with different Chromosomes than you and I. Not everyone believes as you do so don’t try to push your weird beliefs on someone else. I do not imagine that Starbucks will miss any of you religious freaks anyway

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    • srfhouseComment by srfhouse
      April 1, 2013 @ 4:34 pm

      There has been no conclusive study to prove that different chromosomes are responsible for Homosexuality. The fact that someone has a deviant tendency does not mean that such a person does not have the social responsibility to control that tendency. I think you need to layoff the angry pills

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    • aleenaComment by aleena
      April 1, 2013 @ 4:56 pm

      Dear Mr. grantjrdaniel, You may be old (so am I), but you haven’t gotten out much or read much. As far as why people are gay, there have been no conclusive studies. Zero! The question has not been answered. As a said, I a old. My mother was a very important person is my life. If I had been raised by two gay guys, I would not be the person I am today. I needed a mother, and a gay man, no matter how nice, could not have taken her place.

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    • screamingindigitalComment by screamingindigital
      April 1, 2013 @ 5:55 pm

      Who exactly is trying to push their weird beliefs on someone else? It see more like it’s people like the CEO of Starbucks and the homosexuals. So are you a scientist with proof that gays are born with different chromosomes? And when Starbuck’s start losing money because they have alienated a huge part of the customer base…they most certainly will miss Christians.

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    • JamesTComment by JamesT
      April 1, 2013 @ 7:03 pm

      Mr. grantjrdaniel, do you spend a lot of time at Starbucks? If so, may I suggest that you consider switching to decaf after the first half a dozen espressos? Wow, you’re gonna blow a gasket if you stay like that a lot!

      First, let me extend to you my truest respect and thanks for your service in the Pacific. My father (a Christian like me) also fought in that theater, on an LST. It was a war that had to be fought, and what an honor it was to walk (as a child) among those who had actually fought for us all in that war.

      However, Christians are now (and have been since the fall of man so many years ago) engaged in a different kind of battle; for the souls of humanity. If indeed you believe that homosexuality is acceptable, normal and honorable, then you need to know that you are a part of the world system which is heading towards its eventual (only God knows exactly when) destruction.

      It is not that homosexuality is the “sin of all sins”, but it is right there with murder, adultery, stealing, etc. None of these things is acceptable in the eyes of God. Yet He has such a love for mankind that He sent His Son Jesus Christ to take the penalty for our sin, so that we could spend eternity with God. If we accept that sacrifice on our behalf, then God will consider that our sins have been paid for by Jesus, on the cross.

      But to accept that sacrifice, we need to admit to God that we are indeed sinners, in need of a Savior. And to say that homosexuality is ok is the same as saying that lying, stealing, or adultery, or murder is perfectly ok. When you say that you make God a liar.

      The Scriptures (which unfortunately you currently mock, possibly to your ultimate destruction), do tell us that in the latter days these things will grow worse and worse before the return of our Lord, so for a while the world should be enjoying the current and upcoming events as they unfold. For a while. You, who served so honorably, do not need to be part of this. Look at the Scriptures, ask someone trustworthy about the meaning of the gospel, at least search after God and see what you might find.

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    • bna42Comment by bna42
      April 1, 2013 @ 7:42 pm

      James T,

      IF grantjrdaniel is actually 86 years of age, I suspect his opinions will drastically change shortly when he stands before God. He will probably want to become a “religious freak”.

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    • alamotexan7Comment by alamotexan7
      April 1, 2013 @ 10:12 pm

      Because it is an abomination before GOD,it is morally WRONG. what else do you need. this does it for me!

      Don’t Tread on Me !
      Semper Fi !

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    • Jota_Comment by Jota_
      April 2, 2013 @ 7:43 pm

      “The Gays and Lesbians were born with different chromosomes than you and I”"I am 86 years old and have seen Gays from the get go,” – grantjrdaniel

      Hmmmmmm

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chromosomes

      Surely you don’t mean chromosomes. Different chromosomes would most likely make them a different species, and without a reproductive capability, destine for extinction

      But it is not the most absurd argument supporter of gay marriage have advanced

      And how is it you being gay don’t have different chromosomes?

      hahaha

      Too many cups of Starbucks, or maybe not enough?

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  14. CAProgressiveComment by kcanales
    April 1, 2013 @ 4:15 pm

    Do what you want. I stopped going to Chick-fil-a based on my values.

    Let the free-market speak, right?

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    • gopuc12450Comment by gopuc12450
      April 1, 2013 @ 5:33 pm

      RIGHT!
      I like Chick-fil-a.
      We’ll miss you

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  15. dthur1003Comment by dthur1003
    April 1, 2013 @ 6:00 pm

    I’m sure Mr. Schultz thought, at the most he may lose a few stockholders. What I’m sure he DIDN’T take into consideration was his loss of REVENUE ! It’s past time to stop being the silent majority and make our voices heard ! From looking at the posts here, it looks like a good start, SPREAD THE WORD; family, friends, social media, wherever you have to !

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  16. screamingindigitalComment by screamingindigital
    April 1, 2013 @ 6:04 pm

    I started going to Chick-Fil-A based on my values and I will not go to Starbuck’s based on my values. I don’t go to The Home Depot based on my values…and now, sadly, I will have to quit going to Chipotle based on my values. Yes…let the free market speak.

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  17. jmoreComment by jmore
    April 1, 2013 @ 6:21 pm

    There is no proof now nor has there ever been that homosexuality is not a preference. In fact, it was Dr. Hamer from the University of Hawaii who claimed to have found a homosexual gene that predisposed people to homosexuality.
    What he failed to tell was that he is’ a homosexual activist. His study was later sent to an independent group of scientists who determined that no such gene .existed. Since that time Hamer has admitted it was a lie. When asked about it he said, “It doesn’t matter now, people already believe it and it has made life easier for homosexuals.

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  18. alamotexan7Comment by alamotexan7
    April 1, 2013 @ 10:07 pm

    Starbucks has received their last $$$$ from me and I will NEVER EVER NEVER EVER go back to patronize them. Ask and ye shall receive. I doubt that in 2013 there profit will be as much. FDLMAOLSSU

    DON”T TREAD ON ME !

    SEMPER FI !

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  20. Scruffy-USN-RetiredComment by kerryp
    April 2, 2013 @ 6:45 am

    Ya’ll do whatever you like, but I personally will not buy another cup of coffee from Starbucks or have anything to do with their products. But I really like Chick-Fil-A and plan on eating more chicken.

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  21. moonshineComment by moonshine
    April 2, 2013 @ 3:41 pm

    I do not own any Starbucks stock, but I have been a longstanding Starbucks customer of about 20 years. At this point I have had enough of this arrogant, liberal, left-wing jerk telling me what I need to do. He can take his coffee and the beans, and put them where the sun doesn’t shine. I will not buy another cup of Starbucks coffee until Howard Schultz CEO is fired. I can only hope that sales decline sufficently to make this a very real possibility. Howard are you gay as well? Please advise.

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  22. mvotano58Comment by mvotano58
    April 3, 2013 @ 12:18 pm

    I cut back on Starbucks Frappucino, in the bottle, because it was putting the pounds on me. The stuff is ridiculously priced, just went up, not all that great and is loaded with 290 calories. The gay marriage thing is just another reason to totally give up on them. However, my boyfriend goes there to use their wi-fi, which makes no sense since I have wi-fi at home. Ahhh he’s a closet Liberal anyway….SMDH. Guess I’ll just stick with Folger’s.

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  23. riggins44Comment by riggins44
    July 9, 2014 @ 10:12 am

    As I just discovered yesterday Starbucks is pro-gay marriage, and as a Conservative registered Republican that I am, I have now disposed of my 2 different blends of Starbucks coffee. I will now be more discerning with the coffee brands & retailers I buy from. Bye bye Starbucks!

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