Maggie Gallagher: Dump Starbucks


NOM co-founder Maggie Gallagher's latest syndicated column is on our Dump Starbucks campaign. An excerpt:

I don't generally support boycotts, especially not the kind gay marriage advocates have launched that target whole business enterprises if any one major partner personally donates to a measure like California's Proposition 8. It's wrong because the basic norms of business are that people of differing moral views, even on deeply felt moral issues like gay marriage and abortion, need to work together to grow a company to serve their customers and shareholders.

But Starbucks has voluntarily decided -- as a corporation -- to associate its brand with a major political issue, the CEO just confirmed. I was in the room. I heard him.

Customers across the world have a right to know that contrary to the promises made by the corporation in the Middle East and elsewhere, Starbucks does subsidize political causes. Drinking a cup of Starbucks coffee, sadly, means supporting gay marriage.

... Speak out, and stop being invisible to powerful men like Schultz. The business of America may or may not be business, but the business of corporations is to make an honest profit by serving all their customers well, both those who favor and those who oppose gay marriage.

Continue reading at RealClearPolitics.


  1. Posted March 23, 2012 at 5:20 pm | Permalink

    "On NOM’s anti-Starbucks website, the group suggests alternative coffee shops for homophobes to patronize. However, many of its suggestions, including the popular West Coast chain Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, have either voiced support for gay rights or are actually owned by LGBT individuals."

  2. L. Marie
    Posted March 23, 2012 at 5:27 pm | Permalink

    Vote with your dollars. I don't need opinion fed to me through an overly caffeinated plastic straw. Dump Starbucks!

  3. Albert
    Posted March 23, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

    Efforts by hate groups like NOM will probably increase, not decrease, Starbucks' sales.

  4. Ronald H.
    Posted March 23, 2012 at 7:01 pm | Permalink

    So this is how you react when someone disagrees with your opinion?

    Gay marriage doesn't threaten the institution of marriage but rather it undermines the basic philosophies of the Constitution. This country was founded on the idea that all of us have the right to live our lives without fear that we would be denied equal rights and protection under the law and that no one has the right to take away our dignity and tell us that we are not entitled to the same rights as others based on what others see as a conflict with what they feel.

    If you participate in this boycott, then you support discrimination and bigotry based solely on your own ignorance and insecurities. I intend to double my visits to Starbucks and to let them know I support their actions. I also intend to shop at JCPenney's as well for their stance on this issue.

    Take a look at yourself. Would you deny the rights you enjoy to anyone else based solely of a difference of opinion? Do you really think you have the right to do that?

  5. Raynd
    Posted March 23, 2012 at 7:04 pm | Permalink

    Actually, if I participate in refusing to support Starbucks it will show that I value more than the label on my over priced coffee choices.

  6. Lee Abilez
    Posted March 23, 2012 at 7:06 pm | Permalink

    "Customers across the world have a right to know that contrary to the promises made by the corporation in the Middle East and elsewhere, Starbucks does subsidize political causes. "

    Personally, I really dislike big companies telling me what morality I should ascribe to.

  7. Barb Chamberlan
    Posted March 23, 2012 at 7:42 pm | Permalink

    "Gay marriage doesn't threaten the institution of marriage but rather it undermines the basic philosophies of the Constitution."

    Ron, I agree with the second half of your statement, that genderless marriage "undermines the basic philosophies of the Constitution."

    People can live however they want and love whomever they choose. But nobody has a "right" to redefine marriage, the foundation of our society.

  8. DKCMO
    Posted March 23, 2012 at 7:58 pm | Permalink

    Did barb purchase and or copyright marriage?

  9. Andrew
    Posted March 23, 2012 at 8:01 pm | Permalink

    Those who want to redefine marriage need to realize that their arguments need to consist of more than just calling names. Redefining marriage has legal, moral and social consequences.

  10. Mian Lee
    Posted March 23, 2012 at 8:05 pm | Permalink

    You're right. Changing marriage is a big can of worms, and who needs some big bucks starbucks telling you how to vote? Today was my first day of Starbucks freedom!

  11. Mian Lee
    Posted March 23, 2012 at 8:26 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for signing the Dump Starbucks petition. Your signature and anything else you can do to protest Starbuck's anti-marriage activism are appreciated and will not go unnoticed by the Starbucks corporation.

    You are not alone. Thousands of your peers have already signed, called, and are boycotting Starbucks. Make sure you tell your friends, and please like our Facebook page.

    Thank you for your support. Sincerely,


  12. DKCMO
    Posted March 23, 2012 at 9:40 pm | Permalink


    Do you think someone calling you an ashy nigger or someone calling mian lee a frog eyed gook is different than telling homosexuals they shouldn't be able to get married because they can't parent as good as heterosexuals? If so, could you please explain why?

  13. Albert
    Posted March 23, 2012 at 10:15 pm | Permalink

    Everyone has the right to redefine marriage, since it's just a legal concept, and it can be whatever we want it to be. No one can redefine "Equality" though, and treating straight people differently from gay people creates inequality.

  14. John Noe
    Posted March 24, 2012 at 12:04 am | Permalink

    That was quite a hatefull remark made to Andrew by poster #10.

  15. Bryce K.
    Posted March 24, 2012 at 2:14 am | Permalink

    What was more hateful about comment #10 than the statements of posters here which call LGBT individuals "fags," "homos," "queens," and other derogatory terms?

  16. Fred
    Posted March 24, 2012 at 11:29 am | Permalink

    I can't believe that you people will go out of your way to deny marriage RIGHTS- not privileges, but RIGHTS- to the LGBT community and justify it by saying you're "defending marriage." defending it from who? From loving couples who want to want the same legal recognition as their neighbors? This campaign sickens me.

  17. Posted March 24, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Permalink

    Well, Bryce, I would say it is quite true that homosexuals cannot possibly parent as well as real parents- after all, children deserve top be raised by their own mom and dad, right?

    Failing that, they deserve a chance to be parented by a mom andy a dad, right?

    If you do not agree, I will fight you politically all the way.

    If you consider my position bigotry, I could not possibly care less.

    I will fight you politically all the way- because you are not merely wrong, you are at war with reality itself.

  18. ResistSSA
    Posted March 24, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

    Rick - Bryce is a child himself: he's 17 years old!

    He has no clue about parenting, except to the extent that whatever parenting he received has left him with a bad case of same-sex attraction.

  19. JR
    Posted March 24, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Permalink

    RSSA - I take it Bryce was born gay. Many people are. Move on.

  20. AM
    Posted March 24, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

    Rick DeLano,
    Well said.
    If we ever get to the point where the common sense declaration- children deserve a mother and a father- is viewed as the moral equivalent to the rank bigotry displayed in comment #10, our culture is doomed.

  21. ResistSSA
    Posted March 24, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

    @JR -

    That's right, JR, give up on Bryce and relegate him to a life of being different from the vast majority of the world's population, a dangerous lifestyle, a life without bonding with a natural human counterpart.

    I refuse to give up on these kids, and I'll be damned if I'll allow the public schools to force the teaching of this lifestyle without a fight.

    Same-sex attraction is curable, preventable. I'm living proof.

  22. Rich
    Posted March 24, 2012 at 6:09 pm | Permalink you are are an anger-filled closeted case of a gay man who has allowed societal pressures to convince himself that his natural, in uterine, sexual identity is wrong. You will say no, but every gay man knows who you are. And every gay man knows, unless you become honest and open, you will go to your grave a bitter, unfulfilled human.

  23. Posted March 25, 2012 at 12:36 am | Permalink

    "Here we have what is perhaps the most pressing reason why same-sex marriage should be fought, and fought vigorously. It is a reason that neither the proponents nor the opponents of same-sex marriage have properly debated or thought through. In attacking “heterosexual monogamy,” same-sex marriage does away with the very institution—the only institution we have—that exists precisely in order to support the natural family and to affirm its independence from the state. In doing so, it effectively makes every citizen a ward of the state, by turning his or her most fundamental human connections into legal constructs at the state’s gift and disposal."

    Read more:

  24. AM
    Posted March 25, 2012 at 11:11 am | Permalink

    Great article.
    Professor Farrow's book "Nation of Bastards: Essays on the End of Marriage" is a good addition to this article.

  25. Layne
    Posted March 25, 2012 at 11:30 am | Permalink

    Resist, your comments get more and more depressing. There's no "cure" and you haven't been "cured" of anything.

  26. Ash
    Posted March 25, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Permalink

    Nation of Bastards is excellent, AM! I actually learned about it by reading the comments of a marriage supporter on another blog.

  27. ResistSSA
    Posted March 25, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

    Rich -

    There's nothing a homosexual hates more than someone who has given up homosexuality and adopted a heterosexual life. I understand. It exemplifies the power of will over the weakness of passivity. Of accepting one's shortcomings versus striving to change one's life for the better.

    Sorry, dude. I was born a man, born complementary to women and designed to unite with the opposite sex to create children. It's such a beautiful thing.

    I've had moments of weak-mindedness, overcome by strange mental and physical inclinations that have since been whisked away from living what I believe to be the purpose of my human existence.

    No anger from me. Rich. Everyone here knows who the angry ones are. I suggest taking that anger and turning it into motivation to turn your life around and living a fulfilling life of husband, wife and children.

  28. wemustdissent
    Posted March 26, 2012 at 3:33 am | Permalink

    Whoops. Looks like that backfired a bit

    Joining this pledge to buy more starbucks.

  29. GZeus
    Posted March 26, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Permalink

    RSSA: nowhere do you mention if you are now married, have children or are even happy...

  30. Scott
    Posted March 30, 2012 at 7:25 am | Permalink

    There is so much misinformation about the whole institution of marriage and human relationships.

    First, the institution of marriage was initiated and defined by God as the union of a man to one woman.

    Second, people are not born Gay anymore than they are born adulterers, or thieves, or liers. This statement is a lie which has been purportrated by the proponents of gay marriage. These actions require choices - we can make Godly choices or we can make ungodly choices. We can obey God or we can disobey God. Each of us make those choices every day. The real word for ungodly choices is rebellion. God is always ready to lead us back to him - he is truely love.

  31. Spense
    Posted March 30, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Permalink

    EVERYONE already has the exact same right to get married... ANY man can marry any woman he chooses and ANY woman can marry any man she chooses, with the usual exceptions for age, relationship, etc... there is no discrimination or loss of rights; the FACT is homosexuals aren't seeking equality, they want a special right for their bad behavior.

    A man and a man cannot procreate, A woman and a woman cannot procreate, it's unnatural, it’s not bigotry. It’s nature!

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