Last week’s “Customer Appreciation Day” event held at Chick-Fil-A restaurants across the country called for by former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee last week was a “record breaking success” according to the controversial food chain. In a direct response to that event, August 7th has been declared “National Marriage Equality Day” at Starbucks outlets across the country. Kirsten Ott-Palladino, the editor of an online same-sex wedding magazine, Equally Wed, who, along with her wife, started the equality day effort as a way to return the salvo fired by Chick-Fil-A supporters last week.
“It felt like the right wing groups were showcasing Aug. 1 as ‘This is how America feels,'” says Ott-Palladino. “We are wanting to say, ‘This isn’t all of America and we can come out and support our businesses too.’”
Ott-Palladino said in an interview with ABC News that the day was originally set to show support for Starbuck’s policy of offering benefits to same-sex partners, and their ongoing support for the cause of marriage equality. But store managers of the more than 7,000 location coffee juggernaut called on Ott-Palladino to expand the net of support, and add other companies to the scope of support; something she gladly did.
“In the end I think that I’m happier with it becoming this because it’s not just supporting businesses that support marriage equality, but also non-profits that are working tirelessly and sometimes thanklessly to support marriage equality in this country,” she said. “At the end of the day it’s not just about seeing how many lines we’re wrapping around Starbucks.”
Check out a list of companies the support the cause of same-sex marriage by following this link, and see if your favorite retailer is taking part in today’s “National Marriage Equality Day” today. Patronize them to show your support, and then share your thoughts or experience in our comments, or on the social media site of your choice.