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NOM's New DumpStarbucks.com Campaign Goes International

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 10, 2012
Contact: Anath Hartmann or Elizabeth Ray (703-683-5004)


"Today we go international, expanding DumpStarbucks.com campaigns into Mandarin, Arabic, Turkish, Spanish and Bahala." —Brian Brown, NOM president—

National Organization for Marriage

Washington, D.C. — The National Organization for Marriage today announced that its new DumpStarbucks.com campaign is going international.

"In our first week, we gained 25,000 pledge signers in the U.S. alone; today we go international, expanding DumpStarbucks.com campaigns into Mandarin, Arabic, Turkish, Spanish, and Bahala (one of the chief languages of Indonesia)," announced NOM President Brian Brown. "DumpStarbucks.com online ads will also start running in Egypt, Beijing, Hong Kong, the Yunnan region of China, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Oman and Kuwait."

"What happens in Seattle won't to stay in Seattle," Brown continued. "By making gay marriage core to his brand, Starbucks CEO Howard Schulz is telling millions of customers and partners who support traditional marriage in the Middle East, China, South America and North America that they aren't truly part of the Starbucks community."

"The National Organization for Marriage is in this for the long haul," said Jonathan Baker, head of NOM's Corporate Fairness Project. "Here's our goal: If Howard Schultz and his insular Seattle liberals hear from enough of us, management will move to a more genuinely inclusive attitude toward its customers' and partners' diverse views on marriage. People should be able to drink or serve a great cup of coffee without betraying their own core values on marriage."

Starbucks as a company recently endorsed gay marriage in the state of Washington, and signed onto an amicus brief asking U.S. courts to overturn the federal definition of marriage as one man and one woman. NOM's DumpStarbucks.com protest campaign was launched after Starbucks President and CEO Howard Schultz confirmed that gay marriage is "core" to the Starbucks brand.

The National Organization for Marriage will continue developing the DumpStarbucks.com campaign.

To view several international DumpStarbucks sites, please see:

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To schedule an interview with Brian Brown, President of the National Organization for Marriage, please contact Elizabeth Ray (x130), [email protected], or Anath Hartmann, [email protected], at 703-683-5004.

Paid for by The National Organization for Marriage, Brian Brown, president. 2029 K Street NW, Suite 300 Washington, DC 20006, not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee. New § 68A.405(1)(f) & (h).

59 Comments

  1. Andrew
    Posted April 10, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Permalink

    Ummm it's BAHASA not bahala. Way to put your best and brightest in this one.

  2. John Colgan
    Posted April 10, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Permalink

    Will the ads in Muslim majority countries attack Starbucks for failing to uphold Sharia? After all isn't that the base of this attack? Isn't NOM attempting to use the anti-gay animus of Muslim-majority nations as a cudgel to beat a Washington State company into renouncing its support for the full equality of all its employees?

    I guess driving a wedge within the US just isn't a grand enough plan for NOM.

  3. Barb Chamberlan
    Posted April 10, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

    Great! Everyone should know where their money is going and what it's being used for.

  4. Good News
    Posted April 10, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

    Excellent!
    Excellent!
    Excellent!
    Excellent in Chines, excellent in Bahala and Bahasa, in Turkish, in Arabic and in every tongue and language under sun – Excellent!

    And quick, change it to “International”, or “World”, or “Universal” Organization for Marriage.
    For human-beings from everywhere, from sea to shining sea; and from star to shining star want to sing their love and pride of the man-woman union, marriage; and of the mother and father family. And more then all else, people want to say clearly to our invisible western world “leaders” STOP WITH YOUR INSANTITY! Man-man does not equal man-woman!
    This will be the most inspiring and encouragement and bright example coming from America to the people around the wold since... well since our last president was elected... – But this one will not be a short lived, empty feel good, political positioning moment. It will be infinitely more bright and inspiring and true. And once again America will be standing its ground against oppression of the elite and powers-that-be. And taking with courage, for all the silenced and down trodden peoples, a message of human truth to be shouted from the mountaintops: that human value, human good, and human dignity are not matters of debate! And that they can never be changed or taken from Man. (And people around the world might come to say, “maybe America is not finished yet? Maybe they've not yet gone completely mad”.)

    As for the little company Starbuck's, they are nothing, worthless. Their message is from the shallow depth of a momentary feel good commercial.
    But why can't Starbucks respect differences? Why can't they accept diversity.
    Starbucks is so ungenerous to all of humanity that they do not even want to allow 1 single name to clearly identify the unique woman-man union. (“Throw that union in the garbage”, they say with a nose high mean hearted arrogance, “we've no need for it anymore; as they unveil their new flavor of the month, the sex-irrelevant all-incomposing union.)
    From what deep depths come their hate? So hateful! Why so hateful? Why such Starbuck's-hate?

  5. John Colgan
    Posted April 10, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Permalink

    @Barb Chamberlin

    Given the minuscule amount money Starbucks has spent on the support for equality, has anyone at NOM actually figured out just how much of a customer's money goes towards supporting marriage equality? I mean I'm sure it must be upwards of 0.000000000000000000001 cent for every dollar in income!

  6. Thunderboltfan
    Posted April 10, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Permalink

    Now the whole world can laugh at NOM's ongoing idiocy.

  7. kieran
    Posted April 10, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Permalink

    NOM should expand to Nigeria, too, I hear they have similar views on gays as NOM does

  8. ikahana
    Posted April 10, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

    So NOM is now using their money and notoriety to fan the anti-gay flames higher in parts of the world where homosexuals already are put to death. At least you are no longer pretending to be anything other than hate-mongers and pro-violent bigots.

  9. libertyftw
    Posted April 10, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

    @Thunderboltfan

    Now the whole world can continue laughing at NOM's ongoing idiocy.

    Fixed that for you. :)

  10. OP
    Posted April 10, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Permalink

    You people are pathetic. Seriously. Pathetic and sad -- driven by some strange animus. I wish there were a god and a judgment day just so you hateful divisive lunatics could get some sort of cosmic comeuppance at the Pearly Gates. Focus your energies on things that Jesus really wrote about -- pain and suffering of those around you. Stop trying to keep people from being happy just because you're miserable yourselves.

  11. Rocko
    Posted April 10, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Permalink

    Hmmm. What would Jehovah's view on homosexuals be?

  12. leo
    Posted April 10, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Permalink

    Keiran

    NOM is part of a bigger picture, must American feel the way NOM do...,

  13. Posted April 10, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

    So will NOM expand to every country where gays can be put to death for being, well, gay?

    NOM is classy with a capital K!

    By the way, when is Brian Brown going to stop hanging out at truck stop men's rooms and finally come out of the closet?

  14. Randy E King
    Posted April 10, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Permalink

    Marriage corruption supporters have degenerated exponentially since they began their crusade against the source of our freedom. Their insistence of co-opting the English language just to lend an appearance of acceptability to their proclivity is doing far more harm to their cause then they realize.

    Interesting point of fact is that the courts are starting to address this desperate act by acknowledging that these miscreants cannot even agree on the definitions of the words used in their own defense.

  15. akork451
    Posted April 10, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Permalink

    "But why can't Starbucks respect differences? Why can't they accept diversity"

    Um, I'm pretty sure thats what they ARE doing. I thought your group was the one that was against SSM right?

    "From what deep depths come their hate? So hateful! Why so hateful? Why such Starbuck's-hate?"

    What? How does accepting SSM equal hate exactly? Was accepting interracial marriage hateful to those who opposed it? Is buying Pepsi hateful to those who buy Coke? You are being very melodramatic about this

  16. Victor
    Posted April 10, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Permalink

    Who is paying for this? Who pays Brown's salary? When will NOM comply with the law?

  17. GWI
    Posted April 10, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Permalink

    Don't these Middle Eastern Nations allow polygamy?
    Aren't women the property of men in most Arab nations?
    Marriage is between one man and a harem??

  18. GWI
    Posted April 10, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Permalink

    Will Maggie travel to Saudia Arabia?

  19. GWI
    Posted April 10, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Permalink

    Does NOM support marriage between one man and a harem??
    Does NOM support ownership of women by men? Sharia law?

  20. leo
    Posted April 10, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Permalink

    Excellent NOM!

  21. James
    Posted April 10, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

    @ good news

    "But why can't Starbucks respect differences? Why can't they accept diversity"

    exactly what part of trying to force you religious adgenda down everyone's throat is "respecting differences and accepting diversity"?

  22. David Argue
    Posted April 10, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Permalink

    'I guess driving a wedge within the US just isn't a grand enough plan for NOM.'

    NOM isn't driving the wedge. They are standing their ground.

  23. RM
    Posted April 10, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Permalink

    In several of these countries, being gay (not gay marriage, but simply being gay) is punishable by a decade or two in prison. It's punishable by death in at least one country (U.A.E.).

    I know you're very against gay marriage, but think about what you're now aligning yourselves with.

  24. Michał
    Posted April 10, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Permalink

    and when in speak Polish?

    Stop homosexuality, Yes One Men and Yes One Women Marriage,

  25. Andrew Calibre
    Posted April 10, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

    I've never been a Starbucks' customer before, but I sure will be now. This NOM campaign is detestable.

  26. Posted April 10, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Permalink

    Fighting against American companies around the world. NOM is now entirely unAmerican.

  27. Posted April 10, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Permalink

    No more Starbucks for me until they change.

  28. GWI
    Posted April 10, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Permalink

    I am going to drink more Starbucks and encourage others to as well. I was fairly neutral on this but given this latest step by NOM - I will definitely support Starbucks

  29. Gorio
    Posted April 10, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

    Plain and simple: The people of NOM ( maggie and her cohorts) are BAD people, and are unAmerican. This brings NOM to a new low. Many of these countries advocate the death penalty for gay people, and NOM is holding the rope. I really like seeing the responses to this blog, so we KNOW who ALL the UnAmerican BIGOTS are!

  30. Dave
    Posted April 10, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

    Homophobia and Hatred without Borders! Yea! Way to go NOM - spend money in countries that kill and imprison gay people and then tell us what loving xians you all are. Your organization is despicable.

  31. alanmt
    Posted April 10, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Permalink

    So NOM is running this campaign in countries where being gay is a capital offence and homosexuals can be executed for just being who they are. Is this what NOM stands for?

    Is it intending to win the marriage battle in those countries by ensuring that all gay people get killed by mobs or exectued by the government, so there are none left to marry? Is Uganda the next contry to go on the list?

  32. Amii Lockhart
    Posted April 10, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Permalink

    Are you being ironic, David Argue?

    If NOM isn't driving a wedge, then they aren't doing their stated job. And obviously, it's Starbucks that is standing it's ground against the vile and ridiculous threats of NOM.

  33. Creighton
    Posted April 10, 2012 at 6:02 pm | Permalink

    David,

    By pointing out an American company that respects and holds equal LGB citizens.... in countries where homosexuality is punishable by death? Yeah. Big round of applause for NOM.

  34. Steve
    Posted April 10, 2012 at 6:21 pm | Permalink

    I find it interesting that this campaign only targets countries where anti-gay animus is already extreme. Why aren't you promoting this campaign in Canada or Europe?

    Also, why aren't you targeting/boycotting Microsoft or Nike or Apple or Google or Amazon? All of these companies support civil equality for all Americans.

  35. Greg
    Posted April 10, 2012 at 7:36 pm | Permalink

    That's it, NOM - tap into the sort of anti-gay hatred that leads to the torture and execution of gay people. Way to do damage control. But please, keep going. The more nails you put in your own coffin, the less work we have to do. May this blow up in your faces as well.

  36. Leo
    Posted April 10, 2012 at 7:42 pm | Permalink

    I see the haters our are in full force...

  37. Posted April 10, 2012 at 8:20 pm | Permalink

    Greg: Don't buy Starbux coffee=torture and execution of gay people.

    Right.

    No wonder you folks can't figure out what marriage is.

  38. Dana Chilton
    Posted April 10, 2012 at 9:39 pm | Permalink

    United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Oman and Kuwait have legalized polygamy. In UAE and Oman girls as young as 8 can be forced into marriage with adult men. These are countries that support 'traditional marriage'? Is this what NOM supports? Is this NOMs idea of a sacred institution? Child brides, forced marriage (rape), and polygamy?

  39. penny c.
    Posted April 10, 2012 at 9:52 pm | Permalink

    Woohoo, countries where they execute homosexuals. Way to go gang.

  40. Bruce
    Posted April 10, 2012 at 9:58 pm | Permalink

    Rick DeLano,
    Perhaps you're truly unaware of how gay people are treated in Muslim countries, but I can assure you NOM knows very well, and are happy to exploit that to further a politcal agenda. You might be fine with that, but I consider it beneath contempt.

  41. Emily
    Posted April 10, 2012 at 10:02 pm | Permalink

    I'm not quite sure this is wise. Many of these countries, especially those in Africa and the Middle East, already have harsh policies concerning homosexuality. They don't even worry about gay marriage much because being gay *itself* is a severe crime worthy of a harsh sentence, including death.

    To the public, this could easily appear to be an attempt to stir up animus against gays, as opposed to a simple political opposition to marriage equality.

    This could result in other Uganda-esque situations, which will make for a PR disaster...

  42. Neil
    Posted April 10, 2012 at 10:06 pm | Permalink

    Rick, NOM is taking its campaign to countries like Oman, UAE and Kuwait where people face lengthy prison terms and even the death penalty just for being gay or lesbian. It apparently has no problem with such draconian laws and is hoping to exacerbate anti-gay attitudes where homosexuality is actually illegal.

  43. DKC
    Posted April 10, 2012 at 10:16 pm | Permalink

    Rick doesn't seem to be even slightly successful at mathematical word problems/equations. Yet, he's slamming someone else, for being able to do something he can't. What a total idiot. HAHAHAHAAAAAHAHAHAHAHHAAHAHAHHAAAAAHAHAHAHAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!

  44. Bern
    Posted April 10, 2012 at 10:21 pm | Permalink

    I guess I don't understand why we aren't promoting boycotts of Nike, Google, Amazon, etc., all of whom, from what I understand, support same-sex marriage.

    Boycotts, whether from the left or right, are just simply silly!

  45. David Fanning
    Posted April 10, 2012 at 11:27 pm | Permalink

    Wow, this is really incredible, now the National Organization for Marriage wants to bolster its ranks with people who not only want to ban gay marriage, but also want gay people imprisoned, tortured and/or executed, why else would you guys only launch these ads and sites in countries where gay people are tortured or murdered on a regular basis as a matter of public policy? Gay and lesbian people in these countries suffer in silent terror every day of their lives, and now NOM wants to inflame already very deadly hatreds. Have you people no shame?

    This goes too far. Please do not do this.

  46. Dean
    Posted April 10, 2012 at 11:28 pm | Permalink

    @Rick Delano

    "No wonder you folks can't figure out what marriage is."

    No, it's YOU folks who can't figure out what marriage is. Thousands of same-sex couples have legally married in some US states and in some countries around the world and not one of those marriages have negatively impacted your life in any way shape or form.

  47. Jorge Esteban
    Posted April 10, 2012 at 11:46 pm | Permalink

    I choose to DUMP STARBUCKS because nothing is more traditional than Sharia Law.

  48. James
    Posted April 11, 2012 at 12:18 am | Permalink

    The SSM supporters have a closed mind when it comes to traditional marriage.They need to open their minds to the fact that NO country wants SSM !

  49. Louis E.
    Posted April 11, 2012 at 12:48 am | Permalink

    Greg,wanting people to stop identifying as "gay" and start treating their same-sex attraction with the dismissive attitude it deserves is not hating them,it's helping them.Telling them their calling themselves "gay" and claiming entitlement to gratify that attraction is fine is hurting them,just as telling an addict to yield to his/her addiction would be.

  50. Mark Jansen
    Posted April 11, 2012 at 5:35 am | Permalink

    @51. James: closed minds? I have nothing against opposite sex marriage. "traditional" marriage on the other hand....

    How I love that term. Which tradition? Men owning the woman? Men having multiple wives in addition to numerous concubines (it's in the bible). No interracial marriages?

    Puhlease, marriage has been "redefined" so many times in the last century alone that the term "traditional marriage" is meaningless.

    As for no country wanting SSM, the polls do not agree with you in many western european countries and several US states.

    The Netherlands has had SSM for over a decade now and the divorce rates are significantly lower there than in the USA (38.3% vs 54.8%)

    NOM should live up to it's name and campaign FOR marriage, by for example striving to lower divorce rates or prevent unstable marriages to begin with (say by encouraging contraception or abstinance to prevent pregnant brides?)

    And as several people above have already stated, how is campaigning in Sharia law countries where harems are still commonplace promoting "traditional marriage" (traditional apparently meaning 1975 USA or something?)

  51. Leo
    Posted April 11, 2012 at 6:59 am | Permalink

    You NOM Haters must have the NOM site bookmarked? lol

  52. sylvatica
    Posted April 11, 2012 at 7:44 am | Permalink

    I smell desperation from NOM, and it's rancid.

  53. Paul Mc
    Posted April 11, 2012 at 8:22 am | Permalink

    A vox pouli survey this morning in Shanghai and reported worldwide revealed that China will be a very hard nut to crack in terms of getting an anti-gay marriage across.

    Do any NOM supporters feel concerned about the substantial advertising costs for this campaign and its likelihood of success?

    How about ads in countries that don't share much with US in terms of religion, freedom of speech, attitudes towards religious freedom? Is that a good use of NOM funds to be linked so closely with these places (if the boycott gathers any steam in these places)? I don't think it will look too good if DumpStarbucks gets support from Saudi Arabia.

  54. Randy E King
    Posted April 11, 2012 at 11:28 am | Permalink

    @Mark Johnson,

    Traditional marriage, as it relates to American history, traditions, and court precedence, has always been in recognizing marriage as the joining of opposites; as in (1) man and (1) woman.

    These other types of marriages you claim existed have no factual basis in history. I guess it is understandable that you would make such a ridiculous assertion considering the fact that you obviously believe rubbing your reproductive organ against same gendered companions is a rational pursuit.

    Face it Mark; your entire argument in support of special rights for perverts is supported by nothing more than fake science, blatant lies, and falsehoods.

  55. Bryce K.
    Posted April 11, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Permalink

    Randy, "it's always been this way, so it should stay this way" is no legitimate argument. There has to be a reason *why*. Just to let you know, so you don't keep using that attempt of an argument.

  56. Randy E King
    Posted April 11, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Permalink

    Bryce,

    A rose by any other name...

    Things do not stop being what they are when you change the definitions of the names once used in reference to. Obviously; you are ashamed of what you do and you resent everything that shows your addiction in the proper light.

    I once asked a minister why people scream at me when I tell them the truth; the minister replied:

    "Boy; don't you know the Devil don't like the light? You shine the light on the Devil and the Devil is going to scream."

  57. Good News
    Posted April 11, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

    @akork451
    @James
    There you go. Step 'out' of the media and political correctness box for just a
    minute.
    What is accepting diversity and differences? In this case it is
    accepting that the man-man union is different than a man-woman union. That is accepting
    diversity! That is accepting differences! Playing word and mind games in an
    effort to force a false idea that different things are the same, is an act of
    violent intolerance.
    And the man-woman union in and of itself is responsible for all of humanity today. We could at least honor it with its own clear word to unambiguously name it (the word 'marriage' would be nice; but any would do). Not to want to clearly name the man-woman union is, indeed... hateful. (Though for the most part this no doubt comes from the strong unconscious human instinct, of simply following the crowd. The more conscious, malicious and responsible, are those who are pushing for these cultural changes for the economic windfall that will be born of them. Who is the arbitrator of morality in the culture today? It certainly isn't religion; it is for the most part the medical, scientific and economic world, in all their forms.)

    Anyway, if this Blog's posts shows one thing, it is that we all are drinking to much coffee, and should probably cut back a cup or two.

    If you want to understand more about the word 'marriage', and diversity, you can read my posts of
    March 16 2012, under the Blog - Video: Prof. Jennifer Roback Morse Speaks in New Hampshire on the Benefits of Marriage

  58. Posted April 12, 2012 at 9:11 pm | Permalink

    The wrong equal right folk. There isn't anything unequal about marriage being being between ONE man and ONE woman. That is the norm, nothing else matters. You can make all the fancy speeches you want, it will change nothing. Man and woman begets child. Man and man or woman and woman begets nothing. Case close folk.

  59. 支持星巴克
    Posted April 16, 2012 at 11:31 am | Permalink

    支持星巴克,
    支持同性恋!

    ————————
    Everyone has his right to choose his/her love!
    Its none of other your business!

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