And just as it's not surprising that Washington State would be rushing to be one of the cool kids by
Starbucks () said in a statement Tuesday that it was "proud to join other leading Northwest employers in support of Washington state legislation recognizing marriage equality for same-sex couples."Because, you know, nothing reminds people so much of perverted sexual morality and the rush to deconstruct marriage like a cup of overpriced mediocre coffee. SBUX, Fortune 500
"This important legislation is aligned with Starbucks' business practices and upholds our belief in the equal treatment of partners," the statement read.
Last year, Starbucks was among a group of 70 businesses and organizations that filed a brief in federal court opposing the Defense of Marriage Act, which restricts the definition of marriage to that between a man and a woman.
To be honest, I think it's abysmally stupid for corporations to take positions on hot-button political issues. This is because I think most giant corporations are run by people who would sell one-way tickets to Hell to orphaned third-world refugees if the return on investment were good enough; they're not exactly shining moral guides. Having a corporate goody-two-shoes lecture me about how my Catholicism makes me an evil bigot unfit to live and work in this nation is sort of like having a celebrity lecture me about environmentalism and my "footprint" right before she jets off for her fifth vacation so far this year. Sorry; can't hear you over the blaring hypocrisy.
Luckily, I've pretty much kicked the coffee habit, and rarely drink it anymore; even more luckily, there is apparently no one in the entire Starbucks corporate world who knows how to make a decent cup of tea. So I won't miss Starbucks at all. Other Catholics and those Christians who share our view that holding to the notion that marriage is a man and a woman is not only not bigoted, but a sane and rational viewpoint expressing what humans have thought for centuries now, and that having to add the adjective "traditional" in front of the noun "marriage" so that people will know we aren't referring to sterile unions of same-sex pairs ought to be wholly unnecessary may wish to consider whether or not they want to continue to purchase their daily caffeine fix from people who think they are nasty bigots and that their religious views make them haters.
Because this isn't about equality at all--it is, and always has been, about pushing religion out of the public square. It may--just barely--be tolerated for a church to preach that sodomy is intrinsically evil. But it won't, very soon now, be possible to live as though you think that's actually true. And people who sell us computers, tennis shoes, and coffee apparently think they have the right to define Catholicism as bigotry and Catholics as bigots for embracing and accepting our faith's deeply held teachings--that's what they mean by "tolerance."