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Starbucks CEO: “If You Support Traditional Marriage We Don’t Want Your Business”
January 25, 2017 The Washington Press 167 Comments
SEATTLE – During the Starbucks annual shareholders meeting, CEO Howard Schultz had a clear message to send to investors who don’t support gay marriage: he doesn’t want your business.
It’s one thing to stick to one’s beliefs, but it’s another thing to allow those beliefs to cross the line and become zealotry. It appears Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz crossed that line during the meeting, mixing his belief system with business.
Schultz went on to claim that Starbucks strives to “embrace diversity of all kinds.” He went on to tell a shareholder who stands behind tradition marriage to sell his shares and invest elsewhere.
Forbes reported that Schultz seemed hostile and intolerant of any shareholders who objected to gay marriage for moral or religious reasons.
During the meeting, shareholder Tom Strobhar (who founded the Corporate Morality Action Center) pointed out that after the company voiced its support for a referendum backing gay marriage in Washington state, a boycott by traditional marriage supporters caused a drop in sales revenue.
What do you think? Is this a bad move on Starbucks’ part?
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167 thoughts on “Starbucks CEO: “If You Support Traditional Marriage We Don’t Want Your Business””
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Starbucksisgay
February 27, 2017 at 10:49 am
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Their coffee has always sucked and is way over priced.
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G6loq
February 27, 2017 at 11:00 am
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One of the self-hating bed fouling usual suspects that endeavor to bring our Civilization down.
They’ve learned noting.
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David O'Grady
February 27, 2017 at 11:01 am
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Never again…. I have found that Trader Joe’s dark roast is by far better than anything that comes in a cup from this bigoted company… pray, prep and protect.
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Sharon
February 27, 2017 at 11:12 am
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Plain stupidity in all it’s glory!!!
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John
February 27, 2017 at 11:31 am
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Black Rifle Coffee Company – for the win.
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artichoke
February 27, 2017 at 11:58 am
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Usually it’s the shareholders who are supposed to tell the CEO what to do, not the other way around.
Who are the major shareholders in Starbucks?
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John
February 27, 2017 at 12:56 pm
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So they dont want me to buy Starbucks, no problem, I wont..but…they want to hire MUSLIM refugees. Muslims of course, not only hate gay marriage, but actively kill homosexuals.
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susan
February 27, 2017 at 1:07 pm
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It will be very interesting to see how long Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz retains his title. The Board of Directors and shareholders may have an opinion about what to do with him.
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Pepe
February 27, 2017 at 1:24 pm
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KEK works in mysterious ways
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Jill
February 27, 2017 at 1:25 pm
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I purchase 3-5 cups from Starbucks a week. Though I am only one customer, I do my fair share of consumption. Tomorrow morning I will begin supporting my local coffee shop rather than Starbucks.
Intolerance comes in many forms. Schultz just displayed his own version… one that I won’t tolerate.
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Louise Marie
February 27, 2017 at 1:40 pm
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Totally agree!
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