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12/16/2011

Tony makes bucks by brewing bias; wants 'bucks to do same

by Jeremy Hooper

At one time, social conservatives would use the term "latte-sipping" to chastise those "elites" who support things like marriage equality. But now, in an two-or-Screen Shot 2011-12-16 At 1.23.56 Pmthree-pun-too-many-commentary, Tony Perkins is taking the opposite approach, claiming America's top java pusher's support for basic rights and decency is actually going to offend those married heterosexuals who want to keep gays unhitched:

Starbucks may sell coffee, but it doesn't know beans about marriage! Hello, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. Considering all it's done for the gay cause, it's obvious that Starbucks has a grande agenda. But lately, the coffee giant's pushing policies that are at odds with a majority of customers. Last month, Starbucks and 69 other companies signed on to a brief arguing that traditional marriage is "bad for business." That's interesting, since studies show married people are better off financially. And if anyone's springing for four dollar mochas, it's them! Starbucks's logic is also debunked by Forbes Magazine in its "best states for business" list. FRC looked at the top 20, and guess what? They all ban same-sex "marriage" except two, and their courts ordered it. Now if you're a businessman, who would you rather offend: the majority of customers who believe in marriage or the handful who want to redefine it out of existence? When it comes to politics, Starbucks needs to wake up and smell the coffee!
Starbucks Likes Gay Marriage a Latte [FRC]

Right, because what the hell does Starbucks know about business success? I mean, I'm pretty sure one just opened in my shower while groups like the Family Research Council are losing support with every passing year. But never mind all that -- Starbucks should really listen to regressively discriminatory voices like Tony Perkins and not the growing chorus of equality. Sure, Tony.

But Tony is right about one thing: Many married people do love Starbucks. In fact, this legally married writer had a Grande Peppermint Latte just this A.M., which I moved to my lips via my gloriously ring-adorned hand. So good, both the festive beverage that caffeinated my morn' and the lovely state that respects my and my husband's shared future!

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*Reminder of the kind of FRC teachings Tony would like Starbucks to support: An organization that positions gays as kid-threatening disasters in need of "ex-gay" therapy, churns out brochures that compare same-sex marriages to those bonds which might exist between a man and a horse (complete with horse photo), directly likens us to terrorists, calla LGBT rights a battle of "good versus evil," says DADT repeal proponents are "willing to jeopardize our nation’s security to advance the agenda of the radical homosexual lobby," claims gay teens kill themselves because they know that they're "abnormal," says the gay activists who challenge FRC are "held captive by the enemy," writes that same-sex marriage will be "opening the door to all manner of moral and social evil, tweets that gays don't need to "be a slave to feelings," fundraises around the idea that gay kids are immoral and telling them otherwise is "disgusting,"and calls on U.S. gays to be either "exported" or criminalized (to name just a few examples).

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