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Shareholder Takes Target to Task Over Corporate Effort to Redefine Marriage

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 14, 2012
Contact: Anath Hartmann or Elizabeth Ray (703-683-5004)


"[T]he Target Corporation is donating $120,000 to same-sex marriage advocates who are official participants in the campaign, is saying that the debate will be bad for the Minnesota business community, and still has the nerve to say they are not taking a position on the marriage amendment itself."—Jonathan Baker, Director of the Corporate Fairness Project, NOM—

National Organization for Marriage

WASHINGTON, D.C.—At the Target 2012 annual shareholder meeting yesterday in Chicago, Illinois, a Target shareholder took corporate leadership to task for Target's ill-advised donation to the Family Equality Council, a Washington, D.C.-based organization that is actively opposing the marriage amendment in Minnesota.

"In the midst of the campaign over the definition of marriage in Minnesota, the Target Corporation is donating $120,000 to same-sex marriage advocates who are official participants in the campaign, is saying that the debate will be bad for the Minnesota business community, and still has the nerve to say they are not taking a position on the marriage amendment itself," said Jonathan Baker, Director of the Corporate Fairness Project for the National Organization for Marriage. "This is a patronizing and incoherent stance for a corporation to adopt, particularly when the funds in question are supposed to be a charitable donation that creates good will toward the corporation. It's good to know that expressing concern over corporate support for a radical social agenda is now just taking an "unfair shot" at corporate leadership.

A long-time Target shareholder who attended the annual meeting roundly criticized Target for their donation to the Family Equality Council. Not only was the shareholder upset that the donation had drawn Target into the cultural war over marriage in which they have no business interest, but he was also concerned with how the donation would affect Target as a national retailer. Protests and boycotts have already been started, and Target does not seem to take the shareholder's best interests to heart, argued the shareholder.

Target corporate leadership responded by ignoring the questions about the recipient of the funds raised through the sale of the PRIDE t-shirts and simply said the question was an "unfair shot" at the team that works very hard to deliver shareholder value.

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To schedule an interview with Jonathan Baker, Director of the Corporate Fairness Project at the National Organization for Marriage, please contact Elizabeth Ray (x130), [email protected], or Anath Hartmann (x166) [email protected], at 703-683-5004

Paid for by The National Organization for Marriage, Brian Brown, president. 2029 K Street NW, Suite 300 Washington, DC 20006, not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee. New § 68A.405(1)(f) & (h).

18 Comments

  1. Randy E King
    Posted June 14, 2012 at 9:35 am | Permalink

    'An unfair shot" in that the board of directors at the stockholders meeting was not prepared to respond; nor did they consider the potential backlash for their support of the undermining of this nations foundational support.

    Maybe we should have stayed quite on this subject and let this corrupt horde go the route of JC Penney's. Penney's spent millions on an ad campaign that only served to inform potential customers that JC Penney's did not share their values.

    That there is the trick; let your enemy use their money to educate the people for you. When the emperor believes himself to be impervious to public opinion they can be convinced of how magnificently they look in their new clothes.

    Pride goes before destruction.

  2. Posted June 14, 2012 at 9:42 am | Permalink

    "...drawn Target into the cultural war over marriage in which they have no business interest".
    I beg to differ. They are opening their business to open minded, and fair thinking consumers. Some of this is working... All the "PRIDE" merchandise is now sold out.

  3. Randy E King
    Posted June 14, 2012 at 10:19 am | Permalink

    Pet Rocks sold out back in their day too.

    You just can't fix stupid.

  4. Posted June 14, 2012 at 10:49 am | Permalink

    Sold out.

    Target.

    Good slogan.

    I'll keep it in mind.

  5. OvercameSSA
    Posted June 14, 2012 at 11:20 am | Permalink

    So a bunch of homosexuals bought pride T-shirts. Big surprise there. Gay money; more evidence that homosexuals are not a politically powerless class.

  6. Katie
    Posted June 14, 2012 at 11:54 am | Permalink

    @Overcame: You are aware that you don't have to be LGBT to support the LGBT community, yes?

  7. Posted June 14, 2012 at 11:58 am | Permalink

    Ah, good point Katie.

    Homosexualists are a far greater proportion of marriage corruption advocates than are homosexuals, and I daresay some of the smart cookies doing the SS"M" legal scam are in it purely for the delight of gaming the system with such cynical ease.

    The whole shebang is going to come down to whether there exist five votes on SCOTUS for the proposition that marriage as it has been known from the beginning of our Republic waqs nothing other than an expression of hatred toward homosexuals.

    Rotsa ruck.

  8. OvercameSSA
    Posted June 14, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Permalink

    Yeah, Katie, I just don't know who would wear a gay pride shirt except a homosexual.

    It's one thing to support homosexuals and their right or commit sodomy; it is another to wear a shirt that says, "I participate in homosexual acts."

  9. Katie
    Posted June 14, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Permalink

    Well Overcame, there are plenty of heterosexuals that *do* commit sodomy, if we are going by the technical definition of any sexual act that does not result in procreation.

  10. OvercameSSA
    Posted June 14, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

    Yes, Katie, but "pride" shirts with a rainbow means a special kind of sodomy that heterosexuals do not wish to be associated with.

    Nearly all heterosexuals will tell you that they do not want to be considered homosexual (not that there's anything wrong with that...), nor would they be happy if their kids turned out to be homosexual.

  11. leo
    Posted June 14, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

    Katie, @ 9:

    Since you brought it up first, how do you know that heterosexuals commit sodomy and at what rate, statisically speaking? Are their any studies out there for this revolation? However, in my opinion, and if what you say is true, sodomy is wrong for both homos, and heteros, but why presume this is the issue?
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  12. Stefan
    Posted June 14, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

    The ignorance is unbelievable.

  13. leo
    Posted June 14, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Permalink

    Do share!

  14. GZeus
    Posted June 14, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

    That's the same shareholder from Starbucks! Is there not one other shareholder you could quote?

  15. Zack
    Posted June 14, 2012 at 4:58 pm | Permalink

    I just wish these companies didn't have endorse anything. When a CEO says that position A is in line with a companies values, how is that fair to the franchise owners? What if they have a chain of their stores in a staunchly conservative area and they boycott it? Liberals are easy to dismiss conservatives on every nook and crany but the point is that these CEO's hurt themselves because they're putting their store managers at odds with the beliefs of the community they are stationed in.

  16. Zack
    Posted June 14, 2012 at 5:00 pm | Permalink

    And I also want to note that many of these franchise owners and store managers are possibly not inline with their CEO's beliefs.

  17. AD
    Posted June 14, 2012 at 6:31 pm | Permalink

    Keep on boycotting companies that promote fairness and equality! Some day soon, you will have noplace left to shop.

  18. bman
    Posted June 14, 2012 at 7:13 pm | Permalink

    AD->Keep on boycotting companies that promote fairness and equality! Some day soon, you will have noplace left to shop.

    Its not fair to treat virtue and vice as equal.