LSN: "Like Marriage? Then Dump Starbucks, Says NOM"



[NOM co-founder Maggie] Gallagher said that she doesn’t “generally support boycotts.” “But Starbucks has voluntarily decided—as a corporation—to associate its brand with a major political issue,” she said, noting that the decision would seem to contradict the company’s promises in some parts of the world, particularly in the Middle East, not to subsidize political causes.

NOM Cultural Director Thomas Peters told that the boycott is only in its first stage. “People don’t want their coffee company taking sides in a culture war,” said Peters.

Ultimately, he said, companies should allow employees to exercise their beliefs with individual donations. “Certainly we want Starbucks employees to feel free to individually support marriage without it hurting their career advancement chances within Starbucks,” he said.

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