Maggie Gallagher, Co-Founder of the National Organization for Marriage, to Attend Starbucks Annual Shareholder Meeting Today


Contact: Anath Hartmann or Elizabeth Ray (703-683-5004)

National Organization for Marriage

What: Starbucks Coffee Company recently came out in support of new policies promoting same-sex marriage. The National Organization for Marriage, the nation's largest group dedicated to preserving marriage between one man and one woman, and the faith communities that sustain it, will question the Starbucks board on the corporation's announcement (in endorsing gay marriage in the state of Washington) that same-sex marriage is now one of the Starbucks corporation's "core values." Does it make sense for an international consumer company to equate its brand with a hot-button moral/culture war issue, when so many of its customers, employees and vendors around the world disagree? Depending on the answers the board gives, NOM may make a major announcement immediately following the board meeting.

Where: Marion Oliver McCaw Hall at Seattle Center
321 Mercer St.
Seattle, WA 98109

When: Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Shareholder meeting begins at 10 AM (PST)

Who: Maggie Gallagher, co-founder, National Organization for Marriage
Jonathan Baker, head, National Organization for Marriage's Corporate Fairness Project (Both available for interview following the meeting)