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Latte outrage: Hot beans purveyor hops in bed with bias

by Jeremy Hooper

Picture 2-269Like coffee? A fan of da gays? Enjoy Canadians? Well then, you might want to know about this:

Canadian coffee and doughnut chain Tim Hortons is sponsoring the National Organization for Marriage’s antigay cookout and worship service on behalf of heterosexual-only marriage Aug. 16 at Aldrich Mansion in suburban Providence. Rhode Island is the last state in New England to oppose marriage equality.
Doughnut Chain Tim Hortons Violates Its Own Policy, Sponsors NOM Antigay Fund-Raiser [TWO]

Yes, that's right: It seems that the Tim Hortons chain, a Dunkin Donuts affiliate that is just moving into the U.S., has signed on to an event at which Maggie Gallagher and her fellow Moral Court NOMinees will be figuratively tossing scalding beverages in the face of freedom. Ya know, because just posting a sign on all of their stores doors reading "GAYS: GO TO STARBUCKS" would've been to direct of a marketing strategy.

There's really nothing more to say for now other than:


**UPDATE: Hortons hears a you [G-A-Y]

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Your thoughts

Thanks for the heads-up. I live in the Buffalo, NY area and there is a Tim Horton's on nearly every corner. I eat there at least once a week. I've written to the company in protest re: the NOM event.

Posted by: Rick | Aug 10, 2009 9:18:35 AM

I know 90% of the readership won't get it, but I really wonder how many more boiz will rrrrrroll up the rrrrrrrim to win!


Seriously, though, I think this is a case of a local franchise manager effing up royally. I have contacted Timmy's (thank you for the handy link), and I have absolutely no doubt they will take care of this.

I admit, I have a personal stake in this, having helped fundraise for their children's camp in 2003. This isn't the Tim Horton's I know. Let's politely but firmly (I use that all the time now, btw) remind them this isn't OK, and if they don't do anything about it, *then* we unleash fury.

Posted by: DN | Aug 10, 2009 9:34:33 AM

I wrote them. Although I'm in California and there are no Tim Hortons here, I told them what I thought anyway.

Posted by: Michael | Aug 10, 2009 9:55:33 AM

I wrote them as well, and as one who lives in Canada and frequents the nearest Timmies often, I made sure to tell them that they are giving themselves, as well as Canada a black eye. Most Tim Horton's shops are independent franchises though, so this is probably a homophobic franchise owner. I hope the company lets them know this is not a good thing.

Posted by: Fiona | Aug 10, 2009 11:01:27 AM

Tim Hortons has issued a statement saying it cannot support the NOM event.


I believe we should thank Tim Hortons -- but ask them to clarify whether local store owners in Rhode Island are bound by this statement.

Posted by: Mike Airhart | Aug 10, 2009 2:32:03 PM

Here is their official press release on the matter. A little vague and generic for my liking, but oh well. I spoke to a very nice woman in Toronto about it, and she assured me it was a local marketer making a bone-headed decision.


Posted by: Ezra Horne | Aug 10, 2009 2:40:10 PM

A lot of activity over at Towleroad on this too and Tim's pulled the sponsorship!
Because it is explicitly NOT in their mandate to support religious or political lobby groups (I suspect NOM presented this as some kind of local "family picnic day"....
How'd you like THEM donuts, Maggie Gallagher?

The statement:

Posted by: Strepsi | Aug 10, 2009 2:42:27 PM

I always knew that Dunkin was for straight people, but I never thought it was this bad!

Posted by: Liberty U Student | Aug 10, 2009 8:25:43 PM

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