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Change of Plans Starbucks CEO Cancels Church Gig Kin Cheung / AP Photo

Starbucks CEO Cancels Church Gig

Howard Schultz, the CEO of Starbucks, has canceled an appearance at The Global Leadership Summit, after an online petition called the summit's organizer, Willow Creek Community Church, anti-gay. A spokeswoman for Starbucks said only that Schultz would not appear, but would not say more. Willow Creek’s pastor Bill Hybels said Schultz withdrew as a result of the petition. But he also denied that the megachurch was anti-gay. The church ended its relationship with Exodus International, an evangelical group that formerly advocated "reparative therapy" for gays, two years ago.

August 12, 2011 1:04 PM