Friday, February 3, 2012

Defense of Marriage Act - #3624- Starbucks: Legalizing Same-Sex Marrige 'Is Core to Who We Are and What We Value - CNS News (2) Virginia Catholic Church Bans Girls Scouts Over Alleged Planned Parenthood Connection - The Blaze


Starbucks, the world’s largest coffee shop chain, added its name to the list of major corporations that have endorsed a gay marriage bill in Washington State, saying the legislation shares the company’s values at its core. The decision was criticized by many conservative, pro-family organizations. Leading traditional marriage organizations, for instance, are accusing the Seattle-based company of “meddling” in the debate, after Starbucks joined Google, Microsoft, and Nike in support of the legalization of same-sex marriage that is currently gathering momentum in the state legislature. Kalen Holmes, executive vice president for Partner Resources, released a statement on Jan. 24 entitled, “Starbucks Supports Marriage Equality,” to all of the company’s U.S. employees. Starbucks employs 149,000 people internationally.  Starbucks is proud to join other leading Northwest employers in support of Washington State legislation recognizing marriage equality for same-sex couples,” Holmes said. “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,” she wrote. “It is core to who we are and what we value as a company.”  Read more......

Virginia Catholic Church Bans Girls Scouts Over Alleged Planned Parenthood Connection - The Blaze -In recent weeks, The Girl Scouts of the USA has been forced to field an array of negative publicity.   In its most recent drama, a Catholic church in Virginia has banned the organization from meeting on its grounds due to alleged connections with Planned Parenthood. This, of course, follows two other recent incidents of note.  At the end of December, the Blaze exposed one of the organization’s books that refers young readers to Media Matters for America as one of the primary sources for debunking lies and deceit. Then, a teen Girl Scout recorded a video calling for a cookie boycott over the organization’s acceptance of a transgendered male.  The newest controversy comes as St. Timothy Catholic Church in Chantilly, Virginia, has decided to banish several Girl Scout troops from meeting both at the church and at St. Timothy School, an associated facility that educates children grades preschool through eight. According to NBC Washington, the scouts also cannot wear their uniforms on church premises. The pastor’s angst seems to surround the World Association of Girl Guides &Girl Scouts (an international coalition of scouting groups) connection to Planned Parenthood. But the Girl Scout Council of the Nation‘s Capital said that its parent isn’t WAGGGS and that it reports to Girl Scouts of the USA, an organization that does not have an attachment to Planned Parenthood.  In the past, WAGGGS has come under fire for advocating for abortion rights, as its web site purportedly advocated for “affordable, accessible, safe abortion.While it is true that the Girl Scouts of the USA doesn’t answer to WAGGGS, the group does, indeed, tout its membership in the international scouting coalition on its web site:  Read more.......

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