Starbucks tells opponents of gay marriage to go elsewhere

Washington Times 28 March 2013
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.”