Sensing 1 Billion Gay Baristas on Payroll, Starbucks Endorses Marriage Equality
It looks like someone tipped the Starbucks executives off to the fact that the Seattle based coffee company employs enough gay baristas to spread the gospel of venti half-caf soy latte with extra whip across the next three galaxies, missionary style.
Starbucks has officially announced their support for marriage equality in an open letter published in The Seattle Times.
Starbucks is proud to join other leading Northwest employers in support of Washington State legislation recognizing marriage equality for same-sex couples. Starbucks strives to create a company culture that puts our partners first, and our company has a lengthy history of leading and supporting policies that promote equality and inclusion.
This important legislation is aligned with Starbucks business practices and upholds our belief in the equal treatment of partners. It is core to who we are and what we value as a company. We are proud of our Pride Alliance Partner Network group, which is one of the largest Employer Resource Groups for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) employees in the U.S., helping to raise awareness about issues in the communities where we live and work.
For the last 20 years, our benefits program has offered domestic partner benefits in the U.S. These benefits include medical, dental, vision, prescription drugs and alternative health care coverage. All partners (part-time and full-time) in all work locations, whether in a store, a roasting plant or a corporate office, adhere to the same eligibility requirements for health coverage and have access to the same comprehensive health plans.
We are deeply dedicated to embracing diversity and treating one another with respect and dignity, and remain committed to providing an inclusive, supportive and safe work environment for all of our partners.
We look forward to seeing this legislation enacted into law.
Kalen Holmes executive vice president, Partner Resources
What tipped VP Kalen Holmes’ hand on this issue? We’re told that he went into a Starbucks. Either that or he finally caught this underwear and apron-clad barista‘s touching musical rant.
It just got a whole lot harder for holier-than-thou gay baristas to hate on ‘Bucks. Their coffee may taste burnt, but surely that minor detail is offset by, you know, treating LGBT employees with equality and dignity.
Welcome aboard the gay marriage train, Starbucks! Next stop, legal same-sex marriage in Washington State.