Dr. Jillian T. Weiss

Target: We're Undecided About You, But Come Shop Here

Filed By Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | June 09, 2011 1:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: anti-marriage, boycott, marriage amendment, MN Forward, Target

Target_logo.jpgTarget has decided to stay neutral on the gay-marriage ban on the ballot in Minnesota. But it's not neutral on gay dollars.

According to the Minnesota Independent:

"Minneapolis-based retailer Target told investors on Wednesday that the company will not be taking sides on the anti-gay marriage amendment slated for the 2012 ballot. The shareholders meeting in Pittsburgh, the first held since a nationwide boycott targeted the stores last fall over its corporate contributions to Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer, drew protesters critical of the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision and members of the LGBT community. Target's announcement comes as Twin Cities LGBT Pride festivities get under way -- an event for which Target is a major sponsor."

Confused much, Target? Perhaps as confused as the Republicans who sent the marriage amendment to the Governor's desk, who promptly "vetoed" it.

As the Independent noted, CEO Gregg Steinhafel told shareholders. "We're a retail store, we welcome everybody." Welcome their money, you mean.

Meanwhile, Target also contributed $150,000 to anti-gay MN Forward last year, causing a nationwide boycott.

Get your story straight, Target. You can't have it both ways.


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There is a Target right across the street from where I live. It's too bad they don't really want my business.

It's not that they don't want your business. They just don't want you.