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Idaho bar drops Miller, Coors, Pepsi over support of LGBT commerce

Friday, July 20, 2012

WAHA, Idaho — A popular bar in Northern Idaho is no longer selling products from MillerCoors brewing or PepsiCo., because those corporations support the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.

Mike and Mari Fuller, owners of Waha Bar and Grill, are unabashedly anti-LGBT, and said that the MillerCoors’ and Pepsi’s values do not align with their own anti-gay, Christian beliefs.

“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 told KLEW-TV in Lewiston. “And as Christians, we don’t support that.”

The Fullers said they openly disagree with issues such as marriage equality, and aren’t concerned if that means they lose some customers.

A MillerCoors spokesperson said the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce is just one of many organizations “we are proud to support.”

“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,” said Karina Diehl.

It is not just MillerCoors and Pepsi products that the Fullers take issue with. At the bottom of their online menu, they warn patrons of the more than 100 national brands and corporate sponsors that support the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.

“We are Christians who do not believe in supporting the goals and the politicians who support the goals of the NGLCC,” according to their website.

“The NGLCC works to secure a culture where gay people, including young adults, do not feel bullied,” said Rich Ferraro, a spokesman for the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD). “It’s unfair policies like this that contribute to bullying and can even lead to violence.”

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36 more reader comments:

  1. There goes their business

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 7:22pm
  2. Thats stupid as hell!

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 7:22pm
  3. let them drop the products these companys sell to more then enough people to keep going while this bar probably doesnt get nearly as much business

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 7:23pm
  4. what is wrong with this world?!?!

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 7:23pm
  5. Oh, big deal. Small potatoes.

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 7:24pm
  6. Really! These morons need to get a life. And business will go down hill. May have to close up!!!!

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 7:24pm
  7. Oh, PLEEEEEZ!!!

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 7:25pm
  8. #sostrong

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 7:25pm
  9. fuckin idaho…i live in south eastern idaho an it dont surpris me at all

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 7:25pm
  10. This is very sadd

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 7:26pm
  11. Good luck with that one! Stupidity at it’s finest!

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 7:26pm
  12. Down with business!

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 7:27pm
  13. Doesn’t Idaho have an aryan pride day?

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 7:27pm
  14. i hate place like that i need to know what place to stay away from that don’t support the lgbt because i wont support them and the more people stay away from those place as well the more they lose money and more will go to the lgbt community

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 7:27pm
  15. I don’t get how people can watch all these businesses try the exact same thing, have their businesses just get crushed, and think it won’t happen to them?

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 7:27pm
  16. Who cares about a few mudaki? They dont affect me. Quit giving idiots attention.

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 7:29pm
  17. I honestly think theres more lgbt supporters than non supporters. They’ll lose their business and eventually go broke then they’ll maybe finally realize hey we’re dumbasses for doing this.

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 7:31pm
  18. i think i will switch from coke to pepsi

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 7:31pm
  19. This establishment is called the Waha Bar and Grill and it is in Lewiston, Idaho. If you’re in the area, stop by and tell them you won’t be staying to spend any money with them and tell them why. They need to know they have offended us highly!

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 7:32pm
  20. uh i hate to break it to them, but coke is a huge supporter of gay rights too http://www.thecoca-colacompany.com/dynamic/press_center/2011/12/perfect-rating-in-hrcs-corporate-equality-index-1.html

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 7:34pm
  21. I’m sure these morons don’t agree with workplace equality either, so they might as well stop selling alcohol from companies under corporations like Brown-Forman, Diageo, and Anheuser-Busch too. That alone takes out 64 alcohol brands they shouldn’t be serving in their bar if they’re not LGBT-friendly.

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 7:34pm
  22. Oh no…. I’m never going to get to go to Waha bar and Grill now… it was something I was looking forward too…

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 7:35pm
  23. Wow these people who own the bar are not true Christians! They are horrible people and I hope one day I can forgive them.

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 7:39pm
  24. They will do just fine!

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 7:45pm
  25. giggles

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 7:50pm
  26. I just emailed them a long list of other companies that they should avoid as well, including their service provider.

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 7:52pm
  27. Wow…can you say rednecks?…..thats just more miller light for gay unmarried people…lol

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 7:55pm
  28. Ok and ppl dont have to support their business either for having prejudicial views…works both ways

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 7:56pm
  29. If you look at their alcoholic beverage menu, you will find some products listed on the logos of Gay events.

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 8:07pm
  30. Dinosaurs Idaho. It’s redneck and backwards. Anti-LGBT

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 9:29pm
  31. I live in the Boise (southern Idaho) area, and my fiance and I rarely encounter assholes like this. We have great accepting friends and family, despite us both being raised LDS. Northern Idaho has unfortunately been home to a racist group known as the Aryan Nation, which basically hates anything that isn’t straight, white, and christian.

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 9:45pm
  32. They basically won’t ne serving any alcohol or sift drinks at this bar because the liquor and soft drink companies know which side of the bread their bread I’d buttered on.

    Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 9:48pm
  33. YOU GO MILLER, COORS (eventhough I don’t like the taste), AND PEPSI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 12:14am
  34. Gimme a cold Miller High Life any day, but not in these idiots bar.

    Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 6:09am
  35. Well cool… Folks who like those products will spend their money somewhere else… And those who think the owner is an asshole will take their business somewhere else… And those offended that don’t go there should encourage others to spend their money somewhere else… AND THOSE NOT NEAR THIS ASSHOLE SHOULD BUY PEPSI (includes DR PEPPER), COORS (for your guest even if you don’t drink it), and MILLER (just buy it you don’t have to drink it)…..

    Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 6:41am
  36. That’s their loss.I hope they have plenty of water.

    Posted on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 9:08am