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Dear Marriage Supporter,

On Tuesday I was in Des Moines, Iowa, where a huge rally took place to try to push Democratic Senate leader Mike Gronstal to permit a marriage amendment to come up for a vote.

Family Leader, along with NOM and CatholicVote.org, hosted the rally—called the "LUV Iowa rally"—(LUV=Let Us Vote!) at the Capitol.

Family Leader has up a photo of me, along with a crowded room of Iowans wearing red shirts who came to say, "Marriage matters and let the people vote!"

It was an amazing and energizing experience—especially meeting the young people. A teenager, maybe 14 or 15 years old came up to me. He had brown hair, brown glasses, and a red LUV-Iowa shirt on.

"I just want you to know how excited I am and so thankful to be here today. This is very important—we have to let people know how important protecting marriage is! Thank you!" he told me.

This teenage boy said it was a message for me, but really his thanks is for you—you are the people who make what NOM does possible.

In New York on Tuesday there was a special election for the seat of flip-flopping state Senator Carl Krueger. This was a race that was supposed to be easy for the Democrats. A shoo-in for Lew Fidler.

"Most people from the get-go thought Fidler's a shoo-in," Community Board 15 chair Theresa Scavo admitted to the New York Daily News.

"It's a bad omen," said Sen. Diane Savino (D-Staten Island). "We should not be having to compete for races in Brooklyn. It's the most Democratic county in the state."

From Capital New York:

"On paper, the race wasn't supposed to be this close. Fidler is a three-term Democratic councilman and Storobin is a 33-year-old attorney and first-time candidate for public office. According to the state Board of Elections, the district has 89,670 registered Democrats, compared to 26,994 Republicans."

This district is one of the most Democratic in the state of New York—-and yet as I write Republican pro-marriage newcomer David Storobin appears to have beaten Democrat Lew Fidler.

It's close. Very close. Storobin is leading by less than 200 votes, with absentee ballots yet to be counted.

But already the political establishment is rocking—and there is no way to deny that Fidler's support for gay marriage hurt him badly here.

"This is one community where these kinds of concerns, whether they're real concerns or exploited concerns, they apparently have some legs," admitted Bob Liff, a Democratic political consultant.

NOM invested in robocalls and advertisements, especially in the heavily orthodox Jewish sections, making sure voters knew that Lew Fidler supports gay marriage.

As I told the press, "One thing is certain—supporting same-sex marriage is a loser. This election marks the second consecutive one where a supporter of same-sex marriage was defeated. We have avenged Carl Kruger's despicable vote for same-sex marriage."

In a historic partnership, NOM teamed with the Orthodox Jewish community in Brooklyn in support of Storobin. We spent more than $25,000 on independent expenditures and ads which ran in every major Orthodox Jewish publication in the area, an automated call within the district from Rabbi Eliyahu Brog of Mirrer Yeshiva, and a direct-mail piece.

I have to express particular appreciation to Joseph Hayon, president of the Brooklyn Tea Party, for Hayon's outstanding grassroots leadership during Storobin’s campaign.

This is really a historic occasion for us at NOM and for our country. Marriage is bringing together, across lines of race, creed and party, some extraordinary people.

It helped enormously that Storobin never ran from the issue, never downplaying the "social issues," as so many pundits observed. Brooklyn Republicans watched Bob Turner's surprise victory, they are watching the troubles of the pro-gay-marriage Republicans in New York, and they are learning—or relearning—some important lessons.

The "social issues" are what originally turned Reagan Democrats into Republicans, and the same thing is happening in the most Democratic place in America!

Politicker covered the election-night party for Storobin:

Mr. Storobin's campaign was seen as a longshot, but he had heavy support from the local and state Republican Party, which was betting a campaign focused on Mr. Fidler’s liberal positions on social issues, specifically gay marriage...

"The truth is, the representatives in Albany let us down, they let us down. They were bought off on this issue by a very strong lobby," Rabbi Isaac Levi said. "We're going to take corrective action, we're going to go out against all these State Assemblymen in our area of Brooklyn that voted for gay marriage. They're going to face primaries or elections and they're going to rue the day that they ever voted for gay marriage."

Republican City Councilman Dan Halloran chimed in:

"I think we need to start sending messages. Respect for God is part of the American tradition, however you choose to see God. I think a lot of people feel that we've moved so far towards a secular state that we've forgotten that this is one nation founded under God."

While New York Republicans are beginning to acknowledge support for same-sex marriage is a loser, it is with a heavy heart that I must report that New Hampshire Republicans, who swept control of the legislature in 2010 in part on a promise to repeal the same-sex marriage bill rammed through by the Democrats (with a major flip-flop from their governor), just sided with Democrats to defeat a measure that would repeal same-sex marriage, by a vote of 211 to 116.

There is a major push behind the scenes from inside the Republican Party to accept and promote same-sex marriage. We saw this pattern first in New York state, where Republicans took control of the legislature and yet agreed to bring up a same-sex marriage bill. Four Republican defectors provided the key margin for victory.

I do not yet know all the facts, but I do know one thing:

Republicans (or Democrats) who betray the core values of their constituents will face consequences.

Ask Mark Grisanti.

Meanwhile, as I was flying to Iowa, Maggie Gallagher and Jonathan Baker (head of NOM's Corporate Fairness Project) were flying to Seattle for the annual board meeting of Starbucks. In late January Starbucks announced it was endorsing gay marriage in the state of Washington. An executive, claiming to be speaking for the company, announced that henceforth gay marriage is "core" to Starbucks values.

We went to the opera house of Seattle with a genuine question: Is promoting gay marriage really the policy of the whole corporation?

We wanted to know, before taking action, because I find the tactics of our opponents really reprehensible. They have been willing to target whole business enterprises if any one individual partner exercises his or her personal right to donate or to speak for marriage.

Businesses can only work well when people of diverse views come together to work for the good of the company—in this case: making a great cup of coffee!

But when Jonathan Baker asked Howard Schultz the question, he said, in essence, yes: The decision to promote gay marriage was the policy of the corporation.

Schultz seemed nervous when asked by another shareholder how this is possibly prudent, how it is in the best interests of the shareholder, especially overseas in countries where same-sex marriage is unthinkable.

Schultz nervously replied that since Starbucks endorsed gay marriage in the state of Washington in late January, he hadn't had any negative reactions.

So after the meeting we launched DumpStarbucks.com.

We are asking thousands of Americans—including you!—to reach out to Starbucks. Go to the website above and you can call your local Starbucks. Call the corporate headquarters, and let them know that millions of their customers—decent, law-abiding, loving people—do not support gay marriage.

If you haven't yet gone to DumpStarbucks.com can you please do so? And spread the word to a friend or family member: Let Howard Schultz know that endorsing gay marriage is not good for business! As of this writing, over 3,000 of you have already taken action!

Already the news of our engagement with Starbucks is spreading:

A company built on conscience ought to respect the consciences of all its customers, employees, and vendors. Corporate America needs to know: We are here, we buy coffee, we believe in marriage, get used to it!

NOM's protest against Starbucks is not just a national one—it's an international protest, because we are going to reach out to customers in the areas where Starbucks is seeking to expand: to China and the Middle East.

Stay tuned!

Why do we fight so hard?

I get asked that question a lot. With seven children, these kind of multi-state battles against a seemingly implacable foe are never easy.

NOM's Marriage Anti-Defamation Alliance just released another video that reminds us why we fight—because it reminds us what kind of America many advocates of gay marriage are seeking.

We interviewed former GOP candidate for governor of Minnesota Tom Emmer, whose teaching position at Hamline University was stripped from him when faculty learned he opposed same-sex marriage.

Take a few moments and hear Tom Emmer's story:

More and more Americans are recognizing gay marriage is a crucible—a test of our courage to speak and to act for the values we hold dear.

Thank you for being one of those Americans.

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38 Comments

  1. Mark
    Posted March 22, 2012 at 10:31 pm | Permalink

    Actually, It didn't seem like Howard Schultz was nervous at all. He answered that Starbucks is a diverse corporation. I thought he was quite polite.

  2. Jillian
    Posted March 22, 2012 at 11:21 pm | Permalink

    Stuff like this is the reason NOM is a hate group. Congrats NOM. You've really earned your title. What you do is absolutely disgusting.

  3. Jillian
    Posted March 22, 2012 at 11:21 pm | Permalink

    Stuff like this is the reason NOM is a hate group. Congrats NOM. You've really earned your title. What you do is absolutely disgusting.

  4. Sean
    Posted March 22, 2012 at 11:39 pm | Permalink

    So cute that you actually think Starbucks could even be effected by you people. So silly really.

  5. Zack
    Posted March 23, 2012 at 12:57 am | Permalink

    @Sean

    When the conservative movement gets mobilized, major changes occur. It happened in 2010 when the TEA party protests fired up voters and will definitely happen again this year.

    Remeber when the left said the OWS was a real grass roots movement that was gaining momentum? Well now the Democrats are backing away from them and about the only thing I ever hear about them now is when the Oakland protesters are clashing with police.

    The Conservative movement has clear objectives and just like in the 94 and 2010 and later this year, we'll make history.

  6. Zack
    Posted March 23, 2012 at 12:58 am | Permalink

    Typo: Remember*

  7. Zack
    Posted March 23, 2012 at 12:58 am | Permalink

    More typos: 94 and 2010 elections

  8. Barry
    Posted March 23, 2012 at 2:25 am | Permalink

    I think it's hilarious how there are links to Facebook, Twitter and Youtube at the bottom of this webpage, all of which companies have owners that support same-sex marriage. Good luck with boycotting Microsoft and Apple too.

  9. Tan
    Posted March 23, 2012 at 2:28 am | Permalink

    A separation of church and state is very important,,, You are obviously religious and the church does not allow guys to marry in church, so why are you trying to get the state/law involved as well?
    As a kid, I was told that God is love and we should love all people. Who are you to exclude others based on their ways of live? Who are you to judge...
    Websites like this one, make me sad.

  10. Rob
    Posted March 23, 2012 at 5:58 am | Permalink

    I welcome NOMs Starbucks boycott; hopefully I won't have my coffee interrupted by ugly christian bigots. Go for it NOM, you impotent bigots!

  11. Ash
    Posted March 23, 2012 at 8:28 am | Permalink

    Or ben and jerrys - who have been very vocal about their support

  12. Randy E King
    Posted March 23, 2012 at 9:20 am | Permalink

    Microsoft, Coca-Cola, and Apple have not stated that marriage corruption is part of their corporate principles and values.

    FYI: My family boycotts Microsoft, Coca-Cola, Ben-n-Jerry’s, Starbucks, Hallmark, and Levis.

  13. Shane Mahaffy
    Posted March 23, 2012 at 9:57 am | Permalink

    Can you smell desperation?

  14. Randy E King
    Posted March 23, 2012 at 10:24 am | Permalink

    Take note:

    When we all stopped buying music -because we were mostly sickened by the corruption and immorality that plagued the music industry- the music industry never acknowledged its transgressions even after they missed out on billions of dollars of potential revenue.

    Throughout history there is one constant; the trespasser simply fades away with little fanfare.

  15. Skooter McGoo
    Posted March 23, 2012 at 10:31 am | Permalink

    Marriage licenses are issued by the state, not the church. No religion is necessary for a marriage to be legal, valid or recognized.

  16. Ash
    Posted March 23, 2012 at 10:40 am | Permalink

    Can't the moderator of this blog see that the "Ash" in comments 6 & 7 has a different e-mail address than me?

    Oh well...glad to see the event in Iowa turned out nice. :)

  17. Randy E King
    Posted March 23, 2012 at 10:49 am | Permalink

    The church created marriage in the United States; not the state.

  18. ResistSSA
    Posted March 23, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

    I saw the title of this post and, as a person who was drawn to the homosexual lifestyle for a period of time, I couldn't help think that the implication was that Starbucks was using semen from sexually-obsessed homosexual men as a cream substitute.

    Flame me for such a tasteless remark, but first, make sure you check-out a Youtube video or two of a Gay Pride parade, where the sexual obsessive aspect of gay culture is on full display. Here's one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fYVusT9WJhU&feature=related

    Not exactly marrying types.

  19. RichardCortijo
    Posted March 23, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Permalink

    999Randy, pretty soon you will have to make your won clothes, delivery your own mail by hand and grow all your won food. You might even have to dig a well and make alot of candles soon as well. Good luck though,.

  20. RichardCortijo
    Posted March 23, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Permalink

    Beive it or not narcicst, there can be more than one person named Ash LOL

  21. Barb Chamberlan
    Posted March 23, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

    Ash, I imagine the moderator has been working overtime. If the opposition believes the Dump Starbucks campaign is so silly, why are they coming here in droves to make comments? They are obviously worried about it.

    I'm sure the moderator will get things sorted out. In the meantime remember that imitation is the sincerest from of flattery. :)

  22. AM
    Posted March 23, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

    "A company built on conscience ought to respect the consciences of all its customers, employees, and vendors."

    Ya know, on another controversial issue, that is exactly the stand Starbucks has taken:

    http://thenewamerican.com/usnews/constitution/3254-starbucks-sticks-with-second-amendment

    From the linked article:
    "The company added: "The political, policy and legal debates around these issues belong in the legislatures and courts, not in our stores."

  23. Ash
    Posted March 23, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

    VERY interesting and relevant article, AM. Good find, and thanks for sharing!

  24. ResistSSA
    Posted March 23, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Permalink

    Ash -

    You gotta change your name here. Here's some suggestions:

    "StraightGuy"

    "SSM=Oxymoron"

    "NoToSSM"

    "M+F-=Marriage"

  25. Barb Chamberlan
    Posted March 23, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Permalink

    Yes, good find, AM. Gosh, it almost looks like Mr. Schultz is talking out both sides of his mouth.

  26. AM
    Posted March 23, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Permalink

    Ash
    Barb
    You're welcome.

    And Ash, I hope you get that troll problem fixed :-)

  27. Posted March 23, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Permalink

    Kudos to NOM for responding to the escalation of this assault on marriage, families, and most of all children, by the arrogant corporate elitists at Starbucks.

    It may be that it will become time to consider expanding the boycott, when tactically useful.

    But the fact that NOM is out there fighting, that impresses me and gets me to contribute.

    I could care less what the marriage corruption activists think about our chances.

    They told us all about our chances before we rolled them in Cali on Prop 8 too :-)

  28. Randy E King
    Posted March 23, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Permalink

    Trolls are misunderstood creatures; being Trollaphobic does not help the situation on bit.

  29. MA Spracher
    Posted March 23, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Permalink

    Good luck with that one. Seriously. Hate, hate, and more bigoted hate shrouded in religion. Please. We are all over it. We will win in Washington!

  30. MA Spracher
    Posted March 23, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

    You hurt your cause to play this video. His voice is clear, strong, and proud! Way to go Starbucks!!!!! Buy more coffee!!!!

  31. ResistSSA
    Posted March 23, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Permalink

    Great article AM!

    And so it begs the question why Starbucks has waded into dicey political territory on changing marriage from a man and wife to a gay institution.

    Starbuck's position on the 2nd Amendment was the smart business position. Methinks there is homosexual influence - I'm thinking cash - overriding the conventional business position of trying to get more customers, not alienating half the population.

  32. Reformed
    Posted March 23, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Permalink

    I know you are all hurting and feeling betrayed, or just posturing and blustering more likely, but what you do not realize is that your elected officials, in their wisdom, represented you to your advantage. You do not see this now, but you will benefit from a more free and fair society in New York.

  33. Ash
    Posted March 23, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the suggestions, Resist, lol. I was thinking about using "Ash for NOM," but I don't feel like I should have to change my name because of some low-life troll!

    A few threads back, I noted that there was a troll using my name and the moderator deleted the fake comments. So maybe the problem will be resolved in some way.

    I guess almost any marriage supporter's name is at risk of being used.

    Thanks, AM :)

  34. ResistSSA
    Posted March 23, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Permalink

    @Reformed said, "our elected officials, in their wisdom, represented you to your advantage"

    Ha! You have to be lacking in wisdom to believe that any government official acts out of wisdom, or worse, to believe that an official who acts in direct opposition to a promise made to his constituents demonstrates wisdom in any sense.

    But that's what elections are for: to remind representatives that they answer to their constituents not to some well-healed donor or to some delusion of having a superior understanding of what's best for the People.

    "We don't see it now?" Really? You think people are that stupid? Honestly, the elitist perspective of homosexuals is astounding. It's like the bipolar patient who claims he doesn't need his meds anymore.

  35. Moderator
    Posted March 23, 2012 at 5:56 pm | Permalink

    Sorry about that Ash. We've actually had a barrage of over 100 comments pretending to come from you in the last two days. FYI trolls, impersonating other commenters is not so great for you. Funny! but not so great.

  36. Ash
    Posted March 23, 2012 at 10:54 pm | Permalink

    Thanks, Moderator, for the response. I guess the page would have been swamped with fake comments from "Ash" if those other 90-something comments got through!

    What do you mean in your statement about the trolls impersonating other commenters? Sorry, a little confused :)

  37. TC Matthews
    Posted March 23, 2012 at 11:14 pm | Permalink

    Apparently you've caught the interest of the trolls Ash. They are especially offended by women and minorities who support marriage. I am not sure why, but I've seen it a lot around here. It's pretty predictable. Barb gets a lot of it too. She's had several impersonators.

  38. Ash
    Posted March 24, 2012 at 2:07 am | Permalink

    I suspect, TC, it is because they can't throw the usual leftist labels of "racism," "sexism," etc., at their opponents who are women and minorities.

    I've also noticed that they really seem to hate Barb. She's been impersonated, and several of them target her specifically on threads. It makes me proud of her :)