NOM BLOG Company Responds to NOM Campaign in Student Newspaper in Georgia


Adina Solomon writing for the independent student newspaper of the University of Georgia Red and Black:

Not everyone wants to stop off at Starbucks for a morning latte.

In January, Starbucks issued a statement from Kalen Holmes, executive vice president of the Seattle-based company, supporting Washington state legislation recognizing same-sex marriage.

“This important legislation is aligned with Starbucks business practices and upholds our belief in the equal treatment of partners,” Holmes wrote. “It is core to who we are and what we value as a company.”

More than 25,000 people have signed a petition boycotting Starbucks on, according to the website.

... The Red & Black received multiple emails from on behalf of people across Georgia protesting Starbucks’ stance.

... Individual locations of Starbucks do not comment to the media. But a Starbucks company spokesman wrote in an email that Starbucks’ stance has not affected its business.

“Starbucks has many constituents and from time to time we will make decisions that are consistent with our values and heritage but may be inconsistent with the views of a particular group,” the spokesman wrote.