Popular Doughnut Chain Sponsors Anti-Gay Fundraiser

Jim Burroway

August 10th, 2009

The Providence Daily Dose is reporting that Tim Horton’s, a popular Canada-based doughnut chain with hundreds of franchises in the Northeast and upper Midwest of the United States, is sponsoring the  National Organization for Marriage\’s “Celebrate Marriage and Family Day” fundraiser on August 16 in suburban Providence, Rhode Island.

Tim Horton’s is simultaneously Canada’s largest coffeehouse chain and largest doughnut chain, and has had an expanding presence in the United States for more than a decade. The chain’s corporate policy bans sponsoring “individuals, those representing religious groups, political affiliates, book endorsements or traveling sports teams.” However, there’s a loophole in that policy, which allows local franchisees to donate as they please. Which means that their corporate policy has no teeth to it whatsoever. You can contact Tim Horton’s to let them know what you think of their policy.

Update: Tim Horton’s pulls out of the fundraiser.

Regan DuCasse

August 10th, 2009

How strange that this action comes from a Canadian chain, where marriage for gay couples is legal all over that country.

What if American corporations were allowed to interfere with the political and legal processes of Canada?
Or any country to do that?

It’s bad enough the religious imposition on this issue, but another COUNTRY?

Even if they were FOR marriage equality and were funding THAT expansion, you think the religious people here wouldn’t squawk and lodge the same complaint I am?

paul j stein

August 10th, 2009

Another chance to vote with cash! Add it to the list of food slingers who discriminate.

Christopher Waldrop

August 10th, 2009

If I understand this correctly, it’s not the chain that’s promoting discrimination, but rather a single franchise–which could be just one store. Since, as the article notes, the corporate office doesn’t have a real policy preventing this sort of thing they can always say “It’s not our policy, but we can’t stop it either”.

But this is definitely a good opportunity to vote with cash. Even if you’re not anywhere near the Providence, Rhode Island location you can still send a message. Tell the corporate office that until they have a real policy banning such promotional efforts you won’t enter any of their stores.

Ben in Oakland

August 10th, 2009

Here is the number for Tim Horton’s New england office. Annie Printz (614) 791-4223.

Here is the corporate headquarters in Oakville, Ontario. 905-845-6511. remember, it is an international call from the US.


August 10th, 2009

They pulled support from NOM. You might want to update this piece.

Christopher Waldrop

August 10th, 2009

They didn’t exactly pull support, but the corporate office has issued a statement which you can read here:


They say, “It has come to our attention that the Rhode Island event organizer and purpose of the event fall outside of our sponsorship guidelines. As such, Tim Hortons can not provide support at the event.” While I’m glad the corporate office was willing to make this statement, vague as it may be, it’s still not clear what this means for the local franchise. The owner of the Rhode Island Tim Horton’s might still be able to do whatever he/she wants.


August 10th, 2009

Nooooo! I love Tim Horton’s!

Guess I won’t be going to the Providence one, though. :P

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