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Starbucks Says Approve Ref. 71

Jim Burroway

October 24th, 2009

StarbucksThis comes to us via SLOG:

In a statement, the company said that approving R-71 “ensures that basic benefits and important protections are not taken away from committed couples, so they are able to take care of each other, especially in times of crisis.” Starbucks wants voters to approve the measure “because it is aligned with our business practices, providing domestic partner benefits, and one of our core values of treating people with respect and dignity.” [emphasis in SLOG’s post]

Starbucks hasn’t contributed to the campaign, but they did send this message out to their employees. Starbucks has 3,000 employees in its Seattle headquarters and maintains 667 stores in Washington state, and each of them got this statement. That’s quite a venti.

Starbucks’ endorsement follows similar appeals from Microsoft, Boeing, Nike, and many other companies that employ large numbers of people in the Pacific Northwest.

With all the attention being paid to Maine, Washington’s LGBT citizens are feeling ignored. Karen Ocamb says they’re sweating bullets because they may well lose their hard-won Domestic Partnerships. Please show them your love by donating to Approve Ref. 71 today.




Emily K
October 24th, 2009 | LINK

Remember, equality is good for business. I’m glad that there are large and prominent parts of the business world that are remembering this.

Christopher Waldrop
October 25th, 2009 | LINK

Equality is good for business, which is one thing that gives me hope. Back in 2000 when Ohio voters passed a pretty draconian law opposing same-sex marriage there was some concern that OSU’s domestic partnership benefits could be declared illegal. So far it hasn’t happened, but I’ve worried that the next step will be attempting to ban any form of domestic partnership benefits.

October 25th, 2009 | LINK

Oh no! Now the RRRW nuts will boycott Starbucks.

As if they go there in the first place….

Chris McCoy
October 26th, 2009 | LINK

Positive messages like this make me wish I liked the products served by these companies.

I had the same trouble when McDonald’s announced their support of SSM in California – I wish I liked their food, so I could support companies who support our community.

I just wish Starbucks coffee had good coffee that was worth the price they charge so I could support them supporting us….


October 28th, 2009 | LINK

Chris, the last time I went to Starbucks (for a free cup of coffee) they only had their godawful Pike Place roast available. When I said that it isn’t very good coffee, the barista offered to put a shot into it for me. Now, I think their espresso tastes like dishwater, but for some reason the two paired excellently together. You might try it sometime.

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