You'd think that when Starbucks stood up for marriage equality in Washington state by officially supporting the legalization of same-sex marriage, the general consensus would have been a big fat caffeinated "Cheers!" While that seems to be the case for the most part, there are still radicals on the far right who have a major bone to pick with the popular coffee purveyor.
The National Organization for Marriage (NOM), aka an extreme conservative group created to fight same-sex marriage at every turn, has released a statement whining that "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." Oh, boo freakin' hoo! Cry me a cappuccino river.
Hilariously, they're also speaking out against Starbucks "discriminating against customers, vendors, or employees who oppose same-sex marriage." HA!! Give me a break. Because those are the people who are sooo disenfranchised, right?
Haven't these people ever heard of the expression "vote with your pocketbook"? I do it all the time! I even rationalize the slightly added cost of organic produce or chemical-free beauty products by thinking to myself, "Well, maybe if I buy this over the toxic crap, the industry will get the message to make more of this, and over time, the price will go down." Similarly, if I hear a company has horrendous policies I don't support or gives part of their profits to causes, corporations, or politicians I strongly disagree with, I'll do business elsewhere. The great boycott shouldn't be that novel a concept to Americans.
If these "straight marriage defenders" (with a steeply declining marriage rate and an ever-growing divorce rate, what's to defend, but I digress ...) really hate that Starbucks is bold enough to stand up for progress and stand with the majority of Americans who endorse same-sex marriage, then they can choose from a plethora of other java joints to get their "peaceful cup of coffee." I'm sure they've also got to be annoyed that Google, Nike, Microsoft, and countless other companies have created a coalition in support of Washington legalizing same-sex marriage, so they should probably turn their backs on all of those brands, too.
Meanwhile, same-sex marriage supporters can make it a priority to patronize these companies in order to show our love for their applause-worthy move.
What do you think about the NOM's statement? Do you make a point to vote with your pocketbook?
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