Psst…don’t tell Brian Brown and Maggie Gallagher, but pushing one man/one woman marriage in Qatar could be a bit difficult. Marriage between one man and many women is permissible in Qatar, and, well, much of the Middle East.
In the wake of four major defeats on the issue of marriage equality, National Organization for Marriage President Brian Brown suggested that his organization would intensify their campaign against not only Starbucks, but other companies that support equality by going after them in countries where homophobia is still a major force. Brown said:
Their international outreach is where we can have the most effect…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. So we have done some of this; we’ve got to do a lot more.
NOM’s efforts to punish those who oppose them exposes workers at these stores to a danger that they did not intend to take on. In fact, it puts these existing employees at risk. While, in the United States, it might be possible to get people to boycott a company, in many of the countries that NOM is targeting not only is homosexuality illegal, but punishable by death. Even being associated with someone who is lesbian or gay could endanger someone’s life.
The so-called National Organization for Marriage (NOM) reacted to recent democratic repudiation of its radical anti-gay agenda by threatening to endanger LGBTers in Qatar.
Specifically, NOM is threatening to wage an enhanced anti-LGBT hate speech campaign in Qatar to get Qataris to reject the presence of Starbucks — an American company — in their country because of Starbucks’ support for LGBT rights in the US.
NOM has already translated its anti-gay hate speech into Arabic and put online detailed maps of every Starbucks location in the Middle East. Meanwhile, it is known that in Qatar, gay people’s human rights are violated through whippings and imprisonments. As NOM intensifies anti-gay hatreds in the country, it is to be expected that gay Americans in such places as Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar will find themselves at heightened risk of violence.