Target Signs On To Brief Supporting Marriage Equality Cases

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Today Target announced it has signed onto an amicus brief to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit supporting two cases challenging state bans on same-sex marriage.

The cases, Baskin v. Bogan of Indiana, and Wolf v. Walker of Wisconsin, are on appeal to the Seventh Circuit after federal district courts in those states struck down prohibitions on marriage equality.

"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 Target Executive Vice President Jodee Kozlak in a statement.

"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 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."

In 2010, Target attracted a great deal of controversy when it donated $150,000 to the campaign of a Minnesota GOP gubernatorial candidate who opposed gay marriage. The company defended it's "unwavering" support for the gay community. Target has a 100 percent score on HRC's 2013 Corporate Equality Index.


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