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Minnesota, USA: Target Staying Neutral in Marriage Equality Fight

Sunday, July 29th, 2012

Target AdDespite stocking a line of wedding cards for gay couples and using a gay male couple in a wedding registry ad, Minnesota-based retailer Target has denied that it is taking sides on a proposed amendment to the Minnesota Constitution which would define marriage as a heterosexual union.

Last week, Target released an ad featuring an image of a gay male couple clasping hands under the headline: “Be Yourself, Together.”

“Build a Target Wedding Gift Registry as unique as the two of you,” the ad’s byline states. The caption “That’s Love” appears in bold italics in the upper left hand corner of the ad.

Authored By Carlos Santoscoy – See the Full Story at On Top Magazine

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USA: Target Releases Same Sex Wedding Registry Advertisement

Friday, July 27th, 2012

Target AdTarget recently unveiled a new ad for their wedding registry service featuring a gay male couple holding hands and dressed to the nines.

The ad proclaims “Be Yourself, Together.” Though the company came under fire for campaign donations to anti-gay marriage political groups and campaigns, Target has been a major sponsor for the Pride festivities in its hometown of Minneapolis, sold pride T-shirts benefiting the Family Equality Council, and ranks high on the Human Rights Campaign’s corporate equality index ranking businesses on LGBT-friendly workplace policies.

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USA: Target Carrying Cards for Same Sex Couples

Monday, July 16th, 2012

Same-sex marriages aren’t recognized in most states, but Target stores nationwide are now selling greeting cards to celebrate them.

Placed on card racks under the headings of “For two special men” and “For two special women,” the cards are adorned with phrases such as “Mr. & Mr.” and “Two very special women, one very special love.”

The cards hit shelves in mid-June, a month after the retailer began selling T-shirts with gay pride themes, and two years after Target drew a backlash for a $150,000 donation it made to a group backing Tom Emmer, the Republican gubernatorial candidate who opposed gay marriage.

Authored By Walker Moskop – See the Full Story at The Star Tribune

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New York, USA: NOM Still Targeting Republicans Who Voted for Marriage Equality

Sunday, June 24th, 2012

National Organization for Marriage Still Targeting New York Republicans Who Voted for Gay MarriageOne year after New York lawmakers voted to make same-sex marriage legal in the state, opponents of gay marriage are pledging to unseat the Republicans whose support was key to the law’s passage, saying they want to send a message to other legislators that there are “consequences” to their votes.

The National Organization for Marriage, which opposes gay marriage, says it is funneling $2 million into the state to oust three state senators who voted to support the legislation. All three, Sens. Roy McDonald, Stephen Saland and Mark Grisanti, are facing primary challenges. A fourth GOP senator, Jim Alesi, already has said he won’t seek a ninth term due to local opposition over his pro-gay marriage stance.

Alesi, 64, and his three fellow GOP senators joined 29 Democrats on June 24, 2011, to give the bill a 33-29 victory. Though Alesi told msnbc.com he was sad to leave office, he said the vote on gay marriage was “irrevocable” and decried the actions of NOM as “purely revenge” and “blind hatred.”

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MN: Target CEO Says Company Will Not Take Sides in Marriage Equality Ban Vote

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

Gregg Steinhafel, Target CEOThe CEO of Target told shareholders Wednesday that the company would remain neutral on a proposed anti-marriage equality amendment in Minnesota, the state where Target is based.

During the company’s annual stockholder meeting in Pittsburgh, CEO Gregg Steinhafel was asked whether Target would take a stance on next year’s Minnesota ballot initiative, which would amend the state’s constitution to ban marriage equality.

“Our position at this particular time is that we are going to be neutral on that particular issue, as we would be on other social issues that have polarizing points of view,” Steinhafel said, according to St. Paul’s Pioneer Press.

Full Story from The Advocate

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CA: Judge Says Marriage Equality Group Can Canvass Voters Outside Target

Friday, April 8th, 2011

Canvass for a Cause / TargetA judge ruled Thursday that a San Diego pro-gay marriage group can continue canvassing outside of Target stores in California, but the group’s volunteers must stay 30 feet away from store entrances and canvass at just one entrance at a time.

The Minnesota-based retail giant had sought an injunction barring the activists from every outlet in the state, alleging they harass customers by cornering them near store entrances to discuss gay marriage, solicit donations and collect signatures on petitions.

Rights advocates have warned that the legal battle between Target and Canvass For A Cause could further damage the retailer’s already strained relations with the gay and lesbian community.

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Target Suing Gay Rights Group in San Diego

Friday, March 25th, 2011

Canvass for a Cause / TargetTarget Corp. is suing a San Diego pro-gay marriage group to get it to stop canvassing outside its San Diego County stores, alleging its activists are driving away customers.

Rights advocates say the trial between Target and Canvass For A Cause that begins Friday could further strain relations with the gay and lesbian community after controversy over its $150,000 donation to a business group backing a Minnesota Republican candidate opposed to gay marriage.

Minnesota-based Target insists it remains committed to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and its lawsuit has nothing to do with the political agenda of the organization. “Our legal action was in no way related to the cause of the organization and was done so to be consistent with our long-standing policy of providing a distraction-free shopping experience by not permitting solicitors at our stores,” the company said in a statement sent to The Associated Press.

Full Story from The Tri City Herald

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MN: Anti Gay, Target Supported Candidate for Governor to Concede

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Target-supported GOP candidate Tom Emmer is expected to concede the Minnesota governor’s race to Democrat Mark Dayton this morning.

The Hill reports:

“The Minnesota governor’s race will conclude Wednesday morning with the concession of Republican Tom Emmer, according to reports. On Tuesday, Emmer’s campaign withdrew almost all its remaining ballot challenges, paving the way for Democrat Mark Dayton to declare victory.

Dayton, a former senator, currently leads Emmer by about 9,000 votes out of 2.1 million cast. A recount had been under way since the Nov. 2 election but didn’t erode the Democrat’s lead.”

Full Story from Towleroad.com

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Boycotts Fail to Make a Dent in Target’s Bottom Line

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

Nearly three months after funneling $150,000 to a candidate who opposes gay marriage, Target Corp. is still dealing with the backlash from liberal groups who oppose the move. But while discussing the economy and other factors attributing to a fairly good year, the company told Ad Age last week that the negative attention hasn’t actually hurt the bottom line.

First, some quick background: The Minneapolis-based retail giant made the July 6 donation to a pro-business group called MN Forward that is backing GOP gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer. The contribution was allowed under the Supreme Court’s landmark Citizens United ruling and related regulatory decisions that allow companies to give unlimited amounts from their corporate accounts to political causes.

Target faced an outcry from groups that saw the donation as a betrayal to the company’s gay-friendly reputation. But in an interview with Ad Age’s Natalie Zmuda, Target Exec VP-Chief Marketing Officer Michael R. Francis said the protests and boycotts appear to have had a “negligible impact,” given sales for July and August were in line with expectations. Still, the retailer is taking the situation seriously.

Full Story from Advertising Age

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MN: HRC Gives $150K to Emmer Opponent to Counter Target Donation

Friday, September 10th, 2010

A leading gay rights group will split a $150,000 donation to Minnesota campaigns between a Democratic-backed political fund, a gay rights group and candidates including Democrat Mark Dayton. The money from the Human Rights Campaign is a response to an equal amount given to a group backing Republican Tom Emmer in the governor’s race.

Target Corp. faced a backlash after giving to MN Forward, a business-oriented political fund that has run ads supporting Emmer and criticizing Dayton.

HRC President Joe Solmonese told The Associated Press Friday that his group may spend more in Minnesota because it could become the next state to legalize gay marriage. Solmonese says the group is focused on the governor’s race.

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