News organizations are beginning to pick up on this story today from Idaho's NWCN.Com:
N. Idaho bar stops carrying brands that endorse gay organizations
Waha Bar and Grill, owners Mike and Mari Fuller will no longer sell certain products at their rest stop, just south of Lewiston along Waha Road. They will no longer sell Pepsico or MillerCoors products because those corporations support the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.
"The National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce is an entity that collects money from major corporations to further promote policies for the gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders," said Mike Fuller. "And as Christians, we don't support that."
The Fullers have owned the restaurant since 2008 and made their decision to be conscientious consumers one year after they opened.
"Whether it's for political correctness or pressure from gay activists groups or perceived profit over moral principle, major corporations are increasing their support for issues like gay marriage," said Mike Fuller.
Issues like gay marriage are something they openly disagree with in their store, even if that means they lose some customers.
"They choose to leave and go somewhere else," said Mari Fuller. "Which for us that's fine. That's how we are. We make our decisions on what we like, what we want to purchase and buy and everybody else has that same right."
Some customers don't take issue with Mike and Mari's menu decisions.
Mike and Mari said this isn't a permanent removal. They say that they'll start selling Pepsico, Miller and Coors products again if the corporations stop affiliating with the NGLCC.
MillerCoors Spokesperson Karina Diehl gave the following statement: "MillerCoors has a strong track record of supporting the diversity of our employees as well as the communities in which we work and live. Due to the diversity and breadth of our consumers and because we believe in supporting the many communities we serve, we support myriad organizations across the country. The National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce is one of many organizations we are proud to support. "
NGLCC did not wish to comment. The Gays and Lesbians Alliance Against Defamation, or GLAAD, Spokesperson Rich Ferraro said, “Treat others the way you want to be treated," said Ferraro. "The NGLCC works to secure a culture where gay people, including young adults, do not feel bullied. And it's unfair policies like this that contribute to bullying and can even lead to violence."
Mike Fuller responded to GLAAD's statement by saying bullying is wrong in any case and that he and his wife are not promoting bullying at all. He said they're just reacting to policies and politics that are contrary to their Christian Beliefs.
Mike and Mari Fuller have listed other companies that support the NGLCC on their online menu as well as their personal statement explaining their position. To read their official statement, go http://wahagrill.com/Menu.html and scroll to the bottom of the menu page.
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