FRC VP Announces Personal Boycott of Starbucks Over SSM


Rob Schwarzwalder is the Senior Vice President for the Family Research Council:

"...Starbucks last month endorsed the effort of some of the Evergreen State’s leading politicians to enact homosexual “marriage.” Although this initiative passed in the state legislature and was signed into law by departing Gov. Christine Gregoire, it likely will be on the state ballot in November.

... [CEO Howard] Schultz’s decrying of divisiveness rings a bit hollow when he plunges his company feet-first into the culture wars. The effort to redefine marriage to include same-sex partners is a radical social innovation, one fraught with dangerous implications for individuals, families, and culture. Claiming to be post-political and then allowing one’s chief corporate spokesperson to say that same-sex “marriage” is “is core to who we are and what we value as a company” are assertions that don’t quite add up.

So, for now, at least, I will buy my overpriced flavored coffees elsewhere. I dislike boycotts for a number of reasons, but am undertaking a personal one at present. Being for marriage, as understood in the Judeo-Christian context and Western tradition, is much more to “the core of who I am” than a Starbucks iced mocha ever will be." -- LifeSiteNews


  1. Rick DeLano
    Posted February 22, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Permalink

    Well, duh!

    Starbucks, MsDonald's.....anybody else I need to know about?

    I do not spend my money knowingly in support of corps assaulting civilization and sanity.

    No need for an organized boycott (yet).

    Just.......let me know who is spending corporate money destroying marriage, so I can take my business elsewhere whenever possible, and rearrange things ASAP when it's not.

    Regular feature, maybe?

  2. Barb Chamberlan
    Posted February 22, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Permalink

    I started buying my coffee at locally owned shops some time ago. The folks there actually appreciate my business.

  3. Little man
    Posted February 22, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Permalink

    Good coffee is a good thing, and Starbucks is famous because they care for quality. Quality costs more, naturally. But, i agree with the boycott. I also plan to drop all my Google email and software tools, by downloading my past emails, and not paying the fee next year. These type of situations really purify our relationships, such that we know who our compatible acquaintances and friends really are. It is hurtful, but necessary. Corporations need to realize they cannot afford to affront half of their customer base, if they have business competitors.

  4. Little man
    Posted February 22, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

    And i won't click on any advertisement that comes with the Google products and search engine, though i will use it for free.

  5. Apollonia
    Posted February 22, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Permalink

    You should not start your PC because you would help companies who support equality.
    The best way is to strip naked, hide in a hole and boycott all of equality supporter. Their you can pray till you die and go to haven.

  6. Arthur
    Posted February 22, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Permalink

    Microsoft was very public for their support when Washington state voted for marriage equality. If anyone was serious about this boycott, they would stop using computers to look at this site.

  7. AD
    Posted February 22, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Permalink

    Pretty soon you guys will all just have to live in cabins in the woods,and give away your phones and computers, because most large companies support gay rights. Good luck!

  8. Zack
    Posted February 22, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Permalink


    Starbucks is a luxury, phones are a necessity.

    Boycotting something that you can buy once in a while is not the same as boycotting something that is essential in everyday life.

  9. Good news
    Posted February 22, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Permalink

    Great article. Keep em coming.

  10. Dan
    Posted February 22, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Permalink

    Hopefully this will grab the attention of the denominational mega-churches and their affiliated groups that I see either promoting their own in-house Starbucks or organizing their "meetups" at the local Starbucks. When we know an organization like Starbucks is going full-throttle against our values, it's time to consider whether we are part of the problem or part of the solution. There are always other options for
    overpriced flavored coffee beverages.

  11. Randy E King
    Posted February 22, 2012 at 5:20 pm | Permalink

    You can buy the product of a company that supports what you oppose if you plan on using their products against them.

    Poetic justice.

  12. Leo
    Posted February 22, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Permalink

    Great article! Thank NOM... To All NOM supporters, BOYCOTT, Starbucks until until they completely stop their support for same sex marriage...

    Personally, I think their coffee sucks, and hate the burnt after taste, so I won't have any problem boycotting their high price crap.

    This is what I have been saying all along, STOP supporting businesses like Starbucks, with your hard earned money, then turnround and give it away to causes that deeply offend your moral beliefs... And if fact, using your money against you, and making you believe that you need them and not the other way around.


  13. Ash
    Posted February 22, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Permalink

    I was never crazy about Starbucks. And after using my gift card, I've been avoiding them ever since.

  14. Louis E.
    Posted February 22, 2012 at 6:35 pm | Permalink

    I use free software written by homosexuals in my efforts to discourage acceptance of homosexual activity and relationships.I wouldn't buy software from companies endorsing such acceptance,regardless of the sexual orientation of their decision-makers.

  15. Leo
    Posted February 22, 2012 at 10:48 pm | Permalink

    @ Apollonian, Arthur:
    I have used computers with MS Windows system for over 13 years, I have never paid a penny to Microsoft.
    I have been fortunate enough to get new software when I need it for free. I will never, every pay for MS's outrageous software prices for their product, or If it did not come with my future PC purchase. I just get what need from my PC tech friend. What I know today, I'll have to be on drugs before I give my money to MS.

    I'll bet though, if 50% of their consumers sent the company a letter to tell them to stay out of the marriage business, that would be their huge wake-up call...

  16. Little man
    Posted February 22, 2012 at 10:50 pm | Permalink

    Apollonia: You are so gracious. And Apollonius was one of the first famous preachers of Christianity, so that's where you get your theology. There are companies who know it behooves them to stay neutral, or their competitors will easily 'eat them up'. Here comes the back slush...

  17. Little man
    Posted February 22, 2012 at 10:53 pm | Permalink

    Arthur: We can use the computers we bought before Microsoft decided to impose its corporate religion, because they feel invulnerable. Never trusted its software anyway.

  18. Little man
    Posted February 22, 2012 at 11:21 pm | Permalink

    Hey! The so-called Human Rights Campaign used to post their so-called 'External GLBT Engagement' praises to corporation who funded them for 'external' sexual (dis)orientation projects, according to their individual Organization Profiles.

    The link to the corporate rating of Starbucks used to be at this hyperlink:

    Here's what it used to be posted as (at most 6 months ago):

    I also have the data for:
    -- Campbell Soup
    -- Coca Cola and
    ---- Coca Cola Enterprises
    -- Chili's Restaurants
    -- Coor's beer (MillerCoors, LLC)
    -- Kellogg's Corn Flakes (Kellogg Co.)

    My point:
    Apply your conscience as to whether you will personally support these corporation's monetary gain. Detailed sponsorship of "external GLBT events" (GayLesbianBiSexualTrangender events) is money used in part to further the legislative cause disregarding and disrespectful of DOMA and US Congress as the authoritative legislative body.

    It is most effective to personally boycott companies which sell low-priced everyday products, and NOT to boycott their close competitors (as in Coca-Cola vs. Pepsi). It is also important to highlight any addictive, or less-healthy aspect of the products, or whether the Nutrition Facts of the product are easily obtainable.

    The compiler (at HRC) and source of this information offers the following DISCLAIMER: "The information offered here is intended for educational purposes only."... and " While every effort is made to confirm the existence of these laws and policies, some may have been included in error."

    So, you see... now that we are EDUCATED about who does what, we can proceed with our own personal boycott. Thanks HRC! You have a right to free speech 🙂

  19. Leo
    Posted February 22, 2012 at 11:33 pm | Permalink

    AD, could you please list those big companies you are referring to so we here at NOM can call them out too?
    We are the 98%, but all that is needed is 25-30% of "us" to put those big businesses who support marriage corruption with our dollars, out of business by supporting their competition.

    If had the money, I would solicit for your dollars, in fact I would open up a business and post a BIG sign in the front of the store that would say,"GOD BLESS AMERICA, WE ARE OPEN FOR BUSINESS, WE SUPPORT THE AMERICAN FAMILY", and offer a better tasting coffee than Starbucks.
    Someone elses loss is another person's gain... This is how the free market works! If you mistep in running your business, there is a another company just waiting for you to fall and take away what you once had and abused.

  20. Posted February 23, 2012 at 9:53 am | Permalink

    Will never shop at starbucks for coffee or iced coffee. I can get coffee at subway and I can get a iced coffee at dunkin donuts.

  21. AD
    Posted February 23, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Permalink

    @19 - Microsoft, Apple, Amazon, Starbucks, etc.

    Good luck getting your iphones and ipods elsewhere.

  22. Leo
    Posted February 23, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Permalink

    I don't own a Ipod or Iphone, those products are a waste of money in my opinion. I don't own an Apple computer and do not want one, as for, I don't shop there for anything, AD there are alternatives to these brands or the type of products those companies sale.

    If people want to truly participate in a worthy cause they believe in, it may be painful to do without goods/services that comes with unwanted "strings attached", but it must be done to "protect' what they truly believe and value... As far as participating in the cause to protect marriage, if we the people apply this principle, we can make a huge difference in a short period of time. And I'm not talking over many years of of time I'm talking within a year...Would we boycott these businesses if they supported slavery in another country, or criminal activities, or giving their money to illegal aliens, or supporting abortion, and so on and so on...? Yes! We probably would... These are all hot button moral issues like SSM, where we must be certain we are part of the solution and not part of the problem...No one said it would be easy but MUST be done...

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