It’s rare that I find someone who shares my worldview as a gun-carrying gay rights activist. I can usually find folks who agree with one issue but not the other, and depending on how myopic they are we usually part ways right then and there.
It is somewhat popular in Minnesota, my current state of residence, to post signs declaring their businesses “Gun Free Zones.” State law offers some legal authority for these establishments to do so — essentially if caught you are asked to leave the premises, and potentially receive a trespass warning. If you fail to obey the trespass warning it’s a crime.
I try my best not to support establishments that are radically against my belief system. I don’t eat at Chick-Fil-A and I don’t shop at the Mall of America. However, just like people, it’s nearly impossible to find a business that supports gun and gay rights alike.
That’s why I like Starbucks so much. Aside from the benefits granted to their employees and hyper-efficient way of making standardized average espresso drinks, they are one of the few companies that supports marriage reform as well as refuse to cow to anti-gun lobbyist pressure.
There was a big stink in 2010 when Starbucks first refused to post “No Guns” signs at their stores, and every once and awhile the issue sprouts up again.
Yesterday Starbucks supported “National Marriage Equality” day. That drew the ire of some bigots in a similar manner to the head-in-the-sand folks who protested the refusal to post No Guns in 2010. There were threats of boycotts, promises to go to rival chains like Caribou Coffee, etc.
Even though there aren’t many Starbucks in the Twin Cities area (Caribou is headquartered in Minnesota) I still drink enough Starbucks to keep my Gold Member status. I enjoy the consistency of the drinks I get when I travel, and I definitely appreciate their support for the two issues that are the most important to me.
If you’d like to “thank” Starbucks electronically for supporting marriage equality and gay rights, Sum Of Us has a Web form that’s quick and easy to fill out. I encourage you to do so, as well as send this email (or a version of) via their official contact form
Thank you for supporting marriage equality as well as continuing to welcome legal concealed carry handguns in your stores. I am a loyal, satisfied Starbucks customer and greatly appreciate your company’s support in these two important issues.