Success: Target Publicly Supports Gay Marriage

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Target: Brian Cornell, CEO of Target Corporation

Goal: Thank Target for coming out and supporting same-sex marriage

Target recently joined Apple, Nike, and Facebook by publicly stating its support for same-sex marriage. Although Target has avoided this stance in the past, this change in statement is an important step forward for equal rights and must be commended.

“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,” said executive vice president and chief human resources officer Jodee Kozlak.

In 2012, Target was criticized for its neutrality regarding same-sex marriage while the debate was in full force in its home state of Minnesota.  At the time, the state was facing an amendment proposal that would define marriage as between a man and a woman. Even though the company had released a wedding registry ad with two grooms during this time, a Target spokeswoman merely said that “We recognize that there is a broad range of strongly held views on the MN Marriage Amendment.” The same year, Target also received backlash when it donated to a political action committee that supported anti-gay politician, Minnesota gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer, and a previous ForceChange petition condemned Target for supporting Emmer and homophobia.

Despite the company’s hesitation in the past and murky donation history, it has “long offered comprehensive, competitive benefits” to the LGBT employees. In addition, the Human Rights Campaign gave Target a perfect score of 100 on the Corporate Equality Index, which reflects a corporation’s treatment of LGBT workers. It is about time, therefore, for Target to openly express its support for the LGBT community. By signing the petition below you will thank Target for finally taking a public stance in its support of same-sex marriage.


Dear CEO of Target Corporation Brian Cornell,

In 2012, Target was riddled with criticism for its neutral stance towards same-sex marriage and for supporting anti-gay politicians. However, Target has finally come out to support gay marriage in a recent court filing.

Now, Target joins other U.S. corporations like Apple, Nike and Facebook who have all taken a public stance in support of same-sex marriage. Target’s commitment to the LGBT community is evident in the corporation’s extensive benefits to LGBT employees and its perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index. Therefore, I would like to take the time to thank your corporation for publicly supporting marriage equality and I hope your future policies remain consistent with this belief.


[Your Name Here]

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