Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz defended the coffee company's support of gay marriage at a stockholders meeting in Seattle this week.Continue reading.
During the business meeting, shareholder Tom Strobhar, who advocates against same-sex marriage through the Corporate Morality Action Center, said he was unhappy that Schultz has used the company to support gay marriage and claimed it had impacted the stock price.
'It’s a free country. You can sell your shares of Starbucks and buy shares in another company,' Schultz told the discontented stakeholder at the event on Wednesday.
Schultz has long been an advocate for gay rights and stated last year that the company would endorse a same-sex marriage bill in Washington state.
The move caused a stir among conservatives and opponents to gay marriage, prompting the National Organization for Marriage's decision to boycott Starbucks.
Saturday, March 23, 2013
At London's Daily Mail, "Starbucks CEO spars with anti-gay marriage activist at the coffee company's stockholder meeting":