Starbucks Essay

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Good morning everybody, today I would like to talk about a piece of social issue - homosexuality. I think some of you might heard about the news that, the CEO of Starbucks, Howard Schultz support the gay-marriage when he was delivering a speech publicly in the Starbucks annual meeting in Seattle last month. No sooner, his speech has aroused the public attention and discussion. Especially the religious authority and the anti-gay organization. Even one of the shareholders, Thomas Strobhar, who runs an organization that opposes the same-sex marriage, claimed that taking a public stance on the issue was hurting its bottom line. Not only in the US, in Hong Kong, one of the well-known pastor, Lam Yi Lok also start the campaign to boycott Starbucks by not buying the coffee from it. To reply all those criticism , Howard Schultz made another public speech by saying that “If you feel, respectfully, that you can get a higher return than the 38 percent you got last year, it’s a free country,” Mr. Schultz said at the shareholder meeting. “You can sell your shares of Starbucks and buy shares in another company. Thank you very much.” No matter you support the gay marriage or not, as one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the world, his speech is indeed a great encouragement to the gay. Also, he has set a very good example to all those future leaders by insisting his own opinion and stance even though he represents a worldwide company. To make a further elaboration, let's see what homosexuality happen in the place we live. In Hong Kong, it has long been a hot-debated topic. According to the legislative council, since 1991, 2 males above 21 are allowed to have sexual relationship privately if both of them agree. However, till now, the same-sex marriage is still not legally permitted in Hong Kong. In order to have the law set up to approve same-sex marriage, an

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