Same-Sex Marriage Finds Ally in Target Stores

By: Mike Tuttle - August 6, 2014

Target Corp. has broken with its past allies and come out in support of same-sex marriage. The company joined other corporations like Starbucks and Apple in backing the issue.

Specifically, Target filed an amicus brief in a pending court case in the Seventh Circuit. Target Executive Vice President of Human Resources, Jodee Kozlak, took to the company’s blog to explain target’s decision.

“As our leadership team discussed signing on, we took time to consider the bigger questions at hand. This brief is important, as the issues it addresses have significant impact on businesses. But it is more than that and we agreed that now is the right time to more directly share our views on this issue.

“It is our belief that everyone should be treated equally under the law, and that includes rights we believe individuals should have related to marriage.”

Kozlac spoke further about the business reasons behind the move.

“At Target, we have long offered comprehensive, competitive benefits to our LGBT team members and their families, often above what is legally required. We continue to do so today because we believe doing so is right for our team and for our business. But current laws — in places like Wisconsin and Indiana that are addressed in this brief – make it difficult to attract and retain talent. These disparate laws also create confusing and complicated benefits challenges across multiple states.”

Of course, the move was not without critics. A spokesperson for the Minnesota Family Council played the familiar “family values” tune.

“This is a very risky business decision and ultimately the wrong one because it is families that shop at Target,” Autumn Leva said. “People in Minnesota are still deeply divided on this issue.”

Comments on Target’s blog statement ranged from supportive to scathing.

A Workforce Management Supervisor at Target commented, “Yay! Thrilled to be part of a company, and live in a state, that supports marriage equality! May everyone have the opportunity to marry the love of their life!”

A man who identified himself as an “urban church planter” wrote:

“Just lost my business. I hold to the truth that God designed marriage and not man and that God set up marriage between one man and one woman. Sorry Target, I will not shop in your stores again… Ask K-Mart how that attitude has worked for them. Target will find themselves in the same place. Businesses should stay out of the political arena.”

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Another outraged Christian said:

“As a Christian, I find it very offensive that Target is joining others in making a mockery of marriage. Marriage is defined between man and woman. man cannot be a bride nor a woman a groom. It is a shame and a disgrace that is shameful and sinful act is being done. On the other hand just a another sign that the second coming is not far away. Like any other time when man has sunk to the lowest form on sin, God put His foot down and destroyed that place.”

Another commenter countered his post by saying:

“I find it offensive that Newt Gingrich made a mockery of marriage. I find it offensive that Mark Sanford made a mockery of marriage. I find it offensive that Mark Foley, Larry Craig, John Edwards, Ed Schrock, etc., etc., made a mockery of marriage. The only people I know who have defiled the “sanctity” of marriage have been heterosexual couples.”

Soon the whole comment section went where most comment sections do.

“The next marriage equality: marry your dog, two couples being married to each other. Three people being married… the people have endless ideas on marriage equality.. one perversion leads to another,, that’s just how SIN is. Nasty sinners REPENT…”

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  • nightingale

    Straight men who support same-sex marriage apparently have not thought about the issue very deeply. The campaign for same-sex marriage is the latest and greatest battle in the War Between the Sexes and was inspired by hate – militant feminist hatred for boys and men (note that shrill attacks on “the patriarchy” amount to little more than hate speech by those who fetishize victimhood). It got its start and most of its energy from militant feminists who want to radically alter human society by making women dominant, as fathers are declared to be unnecessary and women are given control over raising the next generation, even to the point of making men completely unnecessary so that their numbers will dwindle and they will eventually fade away (the militant feminists plan on depending on advanced technology for reproduction). Then it got momentum from the support of insulated elites who noticed it divided the common people and made them easier to dominate and prey upon, with such elites using mainstream media to popularize myths backed by pseudo-science to bamboozle the unsophisticated into giving up their resistance.

    One popular myth is that homosexuality is ubiquitous in the animal kingdom. Actually, there are no animals other than humans that will have sex exclusively with members of their own sex if they have a choice, and the homosexual-like behavior rarely involves penetration or continues to completion. By far the most common type of homosexual-like behavior is the mounting of same-sex animals by the dominant members of the group to suppress the desires of the dominated animals to mate with the opposite sex.

    Another popular myth is that Christianity is all that stands in the way of same-sex marriage, but the opposite is closer to the truth. The institution of same-sex marriage has been rare and short-lived where it has existed in the world throughout human history, and the Christians did not invent the prohibitions against homosexuality or same-sex unions. Countries with no history of Christianity, such as China or India or the Muslim countries, completely reject such unions, while almost all the countries that accept same-sex marriage are predominantly Christian or formerly predominantly Christian. That is because Christianity, relative to other traditional belief systems, has empowered women and that led to the militant feminist movement and, as stated above, that led to the same-sex marriage movement.

    One more popular myth is that any negative impacts from same-sex marriage should be immediate and obvious. Any social change of this type will have innumerable, subtle, long-term effects that will not become obvious for decades (e.g., percentage of hetero marriages drifting downward, percentage of kids raised without fathers drifting upwards, percentage of kids, especially boys, with mental health issues drifting upwards, general apathy and callousness in the population drifting upwards from the weakened social contract, increased social chaos, and reduction in motivation for males because of less opportunity to find rewarding lifestyles).

    Also note that the gay males may often be put forward as the face of the same-sex marriage movement, but, in the grand scheme of things, they are really little more than “useful idiots” for the militant feminists and will never get offered anything more than crumbs.

    • Joe

      Wow, you really hate women… I thought hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.. IM guessing, Stood up at the alter?