This week we are learning that Starbucks has joined a growing list of corporations, including Microsoft, that have endorsed gay marriage legislation in the state House and Senate.Gay marriage supporters have now secured the votes needed to pass a measure through both houses, and it is expected to soon be signed into law.
The announcement is brewing up a bit of interesting discussion for one mega-church. As we shared a few months ago, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz decided to pull out of a keynote speech titled How Starbucks Fought for its Life Without Losing Its Soul during the Willow Creek Association’s annual Global Leadership Summit. That’s because Willow Creek Community Church cut ties with Exodus International. The latest news begs the question, what about our churches partnering with organizations that support the gay marriage agenda?
Here is Starbucks’ statement:
To: U.S. partners
Date: January 24, 2012
Re: A Message from Kalen Holmes: Starbucks Supports Marriage Equality
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.
Starbucks executive vice president, Partner Resources
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- Starbucks’ CEO Cancels Church Speech because of Their Anti-Gay Bigotry (patheos.com)
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