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Anti-Gay Groups Protest TARGET Over Gay Pride Shirts – TARGET Its Time To Choose, US or THEM

Yesterday we reported about retail giant TARGET  who just two years ago gave well over $150,00.00 to MN Forward, a  Republican PAC supporting anti-gay candidate Tom Emmer and is now selling a line of Gay Pride-themed T-shirts (only) online to benefit the Family Equality Council.

Today, right on cue the anti-gay hate groups the Family Research Council and the American Family Association are beginning to rally their troops against Target over the T-shirts.

From  an audio message from Tony Perkins, Family Research Council hate group president:

“Target’s slogan is “expect more.” And when it comes to their politics, Americans do. Hello, I’m Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. One of America’s biggest companies isn’t just named Target–it’s becoming one. Starting May 20, the mega-chain’s introducing a new line of same-sex “marriage” merchandise that says, “Love is love.” Target promises to donate 100% of the profits to a national homosexual group–but they don’t specify which one. Retail analyst Britt Beemer says that Target’s strategy isn’t “very smart,” especially in conservative states, where it does the biggest business. “Anytime a retailer gets away from doing what they should be doing by being involved in a social cause, [they] lose.” The company said it wanted to “resonate beyond fashion.” But if they’re looking to resonate with Americans, they ought to try defending marriage. According to voters, the country’s still very opposed to redefining it. Let Target know that its agenda isn’t your style. Log on to target.com, scroll down, and click “Contact Us.”

The American Family Association is also feigning anger, with the organization’s president Tim Wildmon releasing an action alert and letter stating:

Target is joining President Obama in ramming same-sex marriage down the throats of the American people. (Because we all know LGBT Pride is about gay marriage)

Send an email to Target Chairman Gregg Steinhafel. Let him know that a majority of Americans oppose same-sex marriage and are able to use their pocketbooks to voice their opposition to companies that support it.

Dear Chairman Steinhafel:
Thirty-one states have overwhelmingly voted for constitutional amendments to protect marriage as only between one-man, one-woman. And your company does business in all of these states.

That’s why I can’t understand why Target would purposely choose to offend me by donating cash to support the Family Equality Council’s push for legalizing homosexual marriage.

I urge you to reconsider this promotion and stop supporting a gay marriage campaign. 

Otherwise, I will reconsider shopping at your stores and choose making my purchases from your competitors.

Well TARGET this is what happens when you play both sides against the middle.  You can’t have it both ways.

The LGBT Community is still upset with you with many still boycotting your stores.  And now the right wing religious terrorist are after you.

You need to make a choice.  You can’t support the anti-gay GOP extreme right wing and the LGBT community at the same time.

Now that its caught up with you you need to choose.

Its US or THEM.

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Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, writer, blogger and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Advocate, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, Raw Story, and The Huffington Post

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