SEATTLE – A Christian pastor is calling for a nationwide boycott of Starbucks for the company's support of same-sex marriage in Washington.
In a message published online a day before Washington's Senate passed a bill to legalize same-sex marriage, Pastor Steven Andrew of USA Christian Ministries predicted that the Seattle-based coffee giant could lose 80 percent of its customers if Christians get their coffee somewhere else -- a number he bases on his contention that 80 percent of Americans are Christian while just 1-to-2 percent of the population is homosexual..
Starbucks is one of more than 100 companies that pledged support for legalizing gay marriage in Washington.
“Starbucks is no longer fashionable,” writes Andrew in the post, which is headlined "Christians Boycott Starbucks – Because Romans 1 Explains Starbucks Hates God."
“If your church still uses Starbucks, then your pastor is a friend of the world," Andrews argues. "God calls those who oppose Him ‘haters of God.’”
Echoing the sentiment of "hate the sin, love the sinner," Andrew also writes, “Jesus loves homosexuals.”
Andrew calls on Christians to share the boycott with their church congregations, adding, “Starbucks can follow Satan if they want to."
Washington's state House is expected to pass the same-sex marriage legislation next week, and Gov. Chris Gregoire (D) has said she will sign it. Opponents have vowed to put the measure before voters in a referendum this November.
In a non-scientific poll on KING5.com, 12 percent of people said they would never buy products again from a company that supported same-sex marriage, while 51 percent said they were more likely to buy products from those companies. Thirty-three percent said it would make no difference in their buying habits.