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Idaho Bar Won’t Sell Brands Owners Deem Pro-Gay

by Jason St. Amand
National News Editor
Friday Jul 20, 2012
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The owners of a popular bar and grill in Waha, Id., say they will no longer sell the products of companies that support LGBT rights, such as Pepsi and MillerCoors, Idaho news station NWCN reported.

Mike and Mari Fuller, who own Waha Bar and Grill, said they have banned the products of companies that support the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC).

"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," Mike Fuller said. "And as Christians, we don’t support that."

The couple have owned the restaurant for about four years and said they made their decision about what products to carry just 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," Mike Fuller said. The fullers are open about their feelings towards same-sex marriage and they said they don’t care if they lose customers over their views.

"They choose to leave and go somewhere else," Mari Fuller said. "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 support the couple, however. Mike Daniels argues that they have the right to sell the products they want.

"They can sell anything they want. It doesn’t make any difference to me. I’m going to stop here anyhow," Daniels said.

The couple said they will start selling the blacklisted products if those companies stop working with the NGLCC.

Rich Ferraro, GLAAD’s spokesman, commented on the issue.

"Treat others the way you want to be treated," he said. "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."

Karina Diehl, MillerCoors’ spokeswoman, defended the company’s stance in a 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."

Mike Fuller responded to GLAAD’s statement and said he and his wife are not promoting bullying but are responding to policies that go against their Christian beliefs.

Comments

  • Anonymous, 2012-07-20 14:58:16

    I will make sure I never support their restaurant.


  • Anonymous, 2012-07-20 16:56:44

    I appreciate that you have your values and are doing what YOU think is right, but really WWJD, Jesus died on a cross to save us from sin and he LOVED and SUPPORTED everyone, how can he forgive you daily of your sins and love you, have mercy on you and not a gay or lesbian? I used to have a hard time with it when I was younger and ignorant, then I looked in the mirror and realized my Minister says he forgives me of my sins, so why is it any different for anyone else? If you look in the mirror.. ask yorself the same question. If you WERE TRUELY a Christian, you would have love and a heart for all walks of life. I love Waha Bar and Grill, but think I’d rather spend my $ supporting someone who is truely a Christian. We have atheists with more compassion. What if your son, daughter, friend, mother (you get the point) were a murderer, whore, thief, lier, child molester? You’d tell them go to God.. ask for forgiveness and it shall be done... but a gay?? Come on... God loves us all EVERYONE of us the same and right now he is probley praying for you.... cuz I know I am...


  • Anonymous, 2012-07-20 19:10:23

    That fat ignorant hillbilly is quite the businessman. Love to hear how his business is doing in six months.


  • Anonymous, 2012-07-20 19:13:42

    This could also backfire on him in another way... His ’non gay’ brands may take issue for the negative connotation; ie ’Budwiser, king f intolerant beer drinkers’ The products he serves obviously represent intolerance and ignorance, so I’m sure their marketing departments will love that franchise.


  • Anonymous, 2012-07-20 20:04:07

    Rednecks


  • Anonymous, 2012-07-20 20:32:42

    Are you sure his name ain’t Bubba? Who gives a flyin’ f*ck what him and his sister do in their greasy roach pit?


  • Marc , 2012-07-21 04:42:45

    Well hot damn.


  • Anonymous, 2012-07-21 06:49:27

    This is what happens when cousins marry. Again hypocrisy on a grand scale in the name of religion: where in the Christian texts does it say thou shall only drink str8 beer? Good god indeed!


  • Anonymous, 2012-07-21 11:09:21

    As a Christian why does he own a bar in the first place?


  • Anonymous, 2012-07-21 11:24:33

    You don’t support gay rights because your Christian, but you do support drinking, adultery, fighting, under age drinking, sexual assault, unwanted pregnancy, and just drinking yourself into oblivion, because you own a bar for the money....VERY Christian of you!


  • Anonymous, 2012-07-21 19:40:35

    It’s a pity that so many would-be Christians do such harm to their faith by using it as an injunction to scorn rather than love.


  • Anonymous, 2012-07-21 20:13:35

    They don’t sell products that support glbt, but does he still use products that are made by companies that support those causes. His computer systems, clothing, cleaning products, food, etc. Come on people he is putting himself in a position to grab some free publicity, if he and his wife are serious they really need to take a better look at themselves and so should the press.


  • Anonymous, 2012-07-22 10:20:56

    Maybe, he should boycott the companies that make all the food he’s obviously shoving in that big, dumb, inbred pie hole of his.


  • Anonymous, 2012-07-22 15:31:31

    Leave it to the so called cristians to be bigots andnullies. It is thesame way in my small town Clinton illinois


  • Anonymous, 2012-07-22 16:43:19

    They are free to be "Christians"(by their twisted definition) and we are free to eat and drink where we are welcomed as equals, not as second-class.


  • Anonymous, 2012-07-22 23:07:51

    Losers....


  • Anonymous, 2012-07-23 20:28:36

    I pity them. Their veiled hatred of gay people is obvious, and they dare to blame it on Christianity! Where in the Bible did it suggest that gay people should be treated like second-class citizens?


  • kevin gibian, 2012-07-23 23:10:01

    what will these people sell? just about every food and beverage company supports gay rights and associated organizations!


  • Anonymous, 2012-07-24 09:02:27

    What will they sell? Moonshine from the looks of him.


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