Owners object to brands' support of National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
Customers at the Waha Bar and Grill who prefer Pepsi over Coke to go along with a ‘messy, zesty Waha Buger’ are out of luck.
Pepsi is not on the menu at the restaurant in Lewiston, Idaho, and neither are Coors or Miller beers.
The reason? Their parent companies, Pepsico and MillerCoors, 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,’ Mike Fuller, who owns the restaurant with his wife Mari, tells NWCN News. ‘As Christians, we don’t support that.’
Mari Fuller knows their anti-gay stance might cost them some customers.
‘They choose to leave and go somewhere else which for us that’s fine,’ she says. ‘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.’
On the menu page of its website, the restaurant explains why they don’t sell Coors, Miller or Pepsico products and list other companies that support NLGCC.
The couple says they will consider selling the beverages again if the companies drop their support of the LGBT group.
Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation spokesman Rich Ferraro praised the work of the Chamber: ‘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.’