Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz Defends Stance on Same-Sex Marriage

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“If you feel, respectfully, that you can get a higher return than the 38 percent you got last year, it’s a free country. You can sell your shares of Starbucks and buy shares in another company. Thank you very much.” —Howard Schultz dismissed a shareholder who said the boycott that followed Starbucks’ support of Washington state’s same-sex marriage referendum had hurt the business. [KPLU]