USA: Retail Chain Target Comes Out for Marriage Equality

 

This advertisement by Target, promoting their wedding gift registry service for gay couples, was recently launched by the American retain chain in support of marriage equality.

This advertisement by Target, promoting their wedding gift registry service for gay couples, was recently launched by the American retain chain in support of marriage equality.

The American retail chain, Target, has made its support for marriage equality official recently in a press statement, released earlier this week.

Target has added its name to an amicus brief, submitted to the Seventh U.S. Circuit Court, in support of marriage equality.

Their Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, Jodee Kozlak, blogged last Tuesday, August 5, that it is the company’s belief “that everyone should be treated equally under the law, and that includes rights we believe individuals should have related to marriage”. 

“Without getting into the specifics of a court case”, Kozlak explains, “this [amicus] brief evaluates the issues created by states that both prohibit same-sex marriage and also refuse to recognize marriages that were conducted legally in other states. This position is particularly challenging for a large organization that operates nationally”, Kozlak continues, “such as Target”.

“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.”

“We believe that everyone – all of our team members and our guests – deserve to be treated equally,” concludes Kozlak. “And at Target we are proud to support the LGBT community”.

Microsoft, CBS, Time Warner, Starbucks, Google and Nike have all signed the same amicus brief, adding their support for marriage equality across the United States.

About Scott De Buitléir

Scott De Buitléir is an author and poet from Dublin, Ireland. He is founder of EILE Magazine, a digital publication for the Irish LGBT community, and has published several works of poetry, non-fiction, and fiction. He lives in Cork with his partner.
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