Minneapolis-based retail giant Target today filed amicus briefs in support of the plaintiffs in same-sex marriage lawsuits against the states of Wisconsin and Indiana. The Human Rights Campaign reacts:
“Today Target joins a growing chorus of Americans and businesses that know these bans on marriage equality serve no purpose other than to harm families,” said Human Rights Campaign (HRC) President Chad Griffin. “Discrimination should have no place in our society, much less our laws. We are grateful to Target for speaking out and standing up for the rights of not just its LGBT employees, but Americans from across the country who deserve to be treated with fairness and equality under the law.” Target received a 100% on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s latest Corporate Equality Index (CEI), which scores American businesses on corporate policies and practices pertinent to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees.
The Minneapolis Business Journal notes that today’s action comes after Target remained silent during the 2012 marriage battle in its home state.
“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,” wrote Jodee Kozlak, Target’s executive vice president and chief human resources officer. Target said it already offers comprehensive benefits to LGBT employees and their families. “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,” Kozlak wrote in a Target blog post. “These disparate laws also create confusing and complicated benefits challenges across multiple states.”
Read the full announcement at Target’s corporate site. And stand by for NOM’s Dump Target boycott campaign!