The National Organization for Marriage will reportedly focus efforts against the Middle Eastern operations of Starbucks and other American companies for their support of same-sex marriage.
The head of NOM announced these plans during a conference call last Thursday following voter passage of same-sex marriage bills in Washington and two other states, as well as the defeat of a gay marriage ban in a fourth state, according to the Colorado Independent.
NOMPresident Brian Brown reportedly said Starbucks and others would pay in countries hostile to gay rights, including those in the Middle East.
Their international outreach is where we can have the most effect, Brown said. So for example, in Qatar, in the Middle East, we ve begun working to make sure that there s some price to be paid for this. These are not countries that look kindly on same-sex marriage. And this is where Starbucks wants to expand, as well as India.
This isn't the first time NOM has targeted Starbucks. Last spring, NOM launched a boycott of the company on DumpStarbucks.com. To date, they have collected over 48,500 signatures.
However, ThankStarbucks.com was launched in response and collected over 650,000 signatures.
NOM dismissed suggestions that this election was a turning point for gay marriage, saying instead that their opponents' monetary resources, not overwhelming support, led to victories around the country.
KING 5's Travis Pittman and Elizabeth Wiley contributed to this report.