Monday, February 6, 2012

Vander Plaats Lies About Starbucks and Gay Marriage // Urges Boycott

Bob Vander Plaats, Iowa's thrice-failed gubernatorial candidate and The FAMiLY Leader leader, just released a video urging Iowa's anti-family activists to boycott Starbucks coffee because the corporation has publicly endorsed all families (heterosexual or homosexual) in the state of Washington. He was prompted to come out with the video after receiving an e-mail from Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, which urges its own Starbucks boycott. In the video, Vander Plaats quotes Starbucks leaders as saying that "God's design for marriage is bad for America" and "Homosexual marriage is core to who they are" (as if Starbucks leaders speak of themselves in the third person all the time). He doesn't go as far as Perkins as describing marriages like mine as "counterfeit marriages".

The FRC and The FAMiLY Leader mined those Starbucks quotes (in an extremely bastardized fashion) from a message issued on January 24, 2012, by Kalen Holmes, the executive president of Partner Resources at Starbuck:
Starbucks is proud to join other leading Northwest employers in support of Washington State legislation recognizing marriage equality for same-sex couples. Starbucks strives to create a company culture that puts our partners first, and our company has a lengthy history of leading and supporting policies that promote equality and inclusion.

This important legislation is aligned with Starbucks business practices and upholds our belief in the equal treatment of partners. It is core to who we are and what we value as a company. We are proud of our Pride Alliance Partner Network group, which is one of the largest Employer Resource Groups for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) employees in the U.S., helping to raise awareness about issues in the communities where we live and work.

For the last 20 years, our benefits program has offered domestic partner benefits in the U.S. These benefits include medical, dental, vision, prescription drugs and alternative health care coverage. All partners (part-time and full-time) in all work locations, whether in a store, a roasting plant or a corporate office, adhere to the same eligibility requirements for health coverage and have access to the same comprehensive health plans.

We are deeply dedicated to embracing diversity and treating one another with respect and dignity, and remain committed to providing an inclusive, supportive and safe work environment for all of our partners.

We look forward to seeing this legislation enacted into law.


Kalen Holmes
executive vice president, Partner Resources

Anyway, Starbucks did say that equal treatment of all families is a corporate belief. It didn't say that heterosexual marriage is bad for America. Too bad I don't drink coffee or else this video would've inspired me to run out and purchase a cup of Starbucks coffee today.

Update on 02/07/12: It looks like someone pulled the BVP Starbucks boycott video. Maybe someone from Starbucks objected to the outright untrue quotes.

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