Australian Marriage Equality national convener, Alex Greenwich, said:
“Starbucks’ support is a boost for the marriage equality campaign and is in line with the views of a majority of Australians.”
“Starbucks’ stand is based on principle and reflects the company’s concern that its staff and customers are treated equally under the law.”
This evening Starbucks Australia posted the following statement on its Facebook page.
“Core to who we are and what we value as a company is our belief in equal treatment of our partners (employees) and our customers. It is with this in mind that Starbucks Australia would like to publicly announce our proud support of Marriage Equality for all. Many of our stores and partners are actively participating in events and activities aimed at changing local legislation – together we can make a difference.”
Starbucks in the US already supports marriage equality, sparking a “Dump Starbucks” boycott by anti-equality groups.
Mr Greenwich said any attempts at a boycott in Australia would be met with strong support for the company from supporters of marriage equality.
Starbucks’ statement comes only days after it was revealed that Gloria Jeans coffee chain donated $30,000 to the Australian Christian Lobby in the 2010-2011 tax year.
Article from Australia Marriage Equality.