Just so you know, this article is from JustOut blog magazine, a pro-gay publication. Here is their take:

Posted Aug 11, 2011

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz has decided not to speak at a church that once supported “ex-gay” therapy, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. Schultz was scheduled to deliver a talk Friday titled How Starbucks Fought for its Life Without Losing Its Soul during the Willow Creek Association’s annual Global Leadership Summit taking place Thursday and Friday at its South Barrington, Illinois church headquarters. Starbucks denied the cancellation had anything to do with a Change.org petition launched last week that asked Schultz to repudiate the church’s connection with the “ex-gay” group Exodus International.

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Willow Creek Community Church says it cut ties with Exodus in 2009.

Exodus believes gay men and lesbians can – and should – alter their sexuality. The group says this can be achieved through “reparative” therapy, the discredited pseudo-science that opponents say confuses shaming gay people into being celibate with conversion and creates real psychological harm.

Church spokeswoman Susan DeLay told the paper that Willow’s views on homosexuality had evolved.

“They were one of the few Christian organizations having conversations with people who struggle with being gay,” she said.

“We challenge homosexuals and heterosexuals to live out the sexual ethics taught in the scriptures which encourages full sexual expression between a man & a women in the context of marriage, & prescribes sexual abstinence & purity for everybody else. But even as we challenge all of our people to these biblical standards we do so with grace filled spirits knowing the confusion & brokenness that is rampant in our fallen world, we honor the journey of everyone.”