Target recently donated $150,000 to help Tom Emmer, a Minnesota GOP gubernatorial candidate who opposes gay marriage. The money went to a group called MN Forward that is running TV ads supporting Emmer.
This has stirred up quite a controversy in the gay rights community as well as among those who don’t support gay rights. As is always the case, the discussion is heated.
On one hand, the gay community is upset by Target’s action. Some have stopped shopping at Target.
Then you hear from those who do not support gay rights. They claim this issue cuts both ways and that more people may start shopping at Target because of it’s contribution to Tom Emmer.
What about Target’s gay employees? What kind of a message does this send to them? You can’t support your gay employees and turn around and donate money to a candidate who takes an anti-gay position.
The Supreme Court allows corporations to be involved in politics. Some don’t believe that to be beneficial to our country and say that if corporations stayed out of politics, it would help to keep election spending down. And giving corporations the right to donate these large sums of money probably influences the outcome of elections.
Target did apologize for the donation. Those who do not support gay rights believe this to be enough. But many in the gay community feel it is not enough. The Human Rights Campaign, the largest gay rights advocate, requested that Target give an equal amount of money to a pro-gay candidate, which Target rejected.
The bottom line is why should anyone in favor of gay rights spend their hard-earned money supporting a company that doesn’t have the same beliefs. Why not give your business to those who support what you believe in? This is a time for gay rights supporters to take a stance. Don’t just talk. Do something about it. Is it going to be easy to stay away from a store that is convenient and whose pricing is competitive? No. But anything worth fighting for is usually not easy. Boycott Target until it makes amends for what it did. And if it doesn’t make amends, stay away for good.