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Anti-gay Nut Linda Harvey Attacks Target for 'Pushing Deviance and Perversion Into Everyone's Lives' - AUDIO

On her radio program yesterday, Linda Harvey weighed in on the National Organization for Marriage's ongoing boycott of Target over the retail giant's support for LGBT equality, or as Harvey likes to call it, Target's efforts to push "deviance and perversion into everyone's lives in America."

HarveyIn particular, Harvey objected to Target's pro-marriage equality court brief with the 7th Circuit, which she claimed used "extrememly charged language" by characterizing same-sex marriage bans as "bans" and "discrimination."

Said Harvey:

“Have you noticed how this is how headlines often read these days? They talk about laws on natural marriage as being ‘bans’ on same-sex so-called marriage. And that’s incorrect because people who are male can still marry people who are female. The only obstacle for a few people is the presence of unnatural desires. Those desires can change with a different mind and heart.” 

Isn't that the same line of 'reasoning' behind the bans on interracial marriage in the 20th century? That blacks and whites could marry...just as long as they married someone of the same race? 

Listen, AFTER THE JUMP...

[via Right Wing Watch]

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NOM Boycotting Target Over Retail Giant's Support of Gay Marriage

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The National Organization for Marriage has announced their latest boycott target, Target, after the retail giant recently signed on to an amicus brief in support of marriage equality pending in the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. The cases before the 7th Circuit are challenging state bans on same-sex marriage in Indiana and Wisconsin.

BrownWrote NOM president Brian Brown:

Target and other companies need to be forced to realize that it is their alignment with the radical cause of redefining marriage that is "bad for business"—not states' marriage laws that uphold and protect the common-sense idea that kids do best with a mom and a dad!

So I'm announcing a new boycott today, against Target, for insulting consumers like you and me. The brief they signed in court this week insinuates that people like you and me, who would vote to uphold traditional marriage, as akin to segregationists and racial bigots. Would you want to shop at a place that viewed you in that way? 

Back in 2012, NOM launched a failed boycott of Starbucks over the company's support for gay marriage. Maybe they'll have more luck this time... 

 


Australian Viewers Offended By Target Ad's Use Of 'Bangers' And Gay Host: VIDEO

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British personality and fashion consultant Gok Wan was brought on to do a series of TV ads for retail chain Target in Australia. The first ad focused on women's underwear and bras, and controversy arose when viewers took offense at Gok's use of the slang term "bangers" to refer to women's breasts. The problem seems to be that, for Aussies, "bangers" refers to literal and metaphorical sausages, so applying the term to breasts is perplexing to some and downright crude or offensive to others. 

Target dismissed the complaints, upholding the word as an "irreverent term of affection." Similarly, when the Advertising Standards Board were forced to make a determination about the ad in response to complaints, they ruled that the ad was light-hearted and the use of "bangers" was not discriminatory against women. Still, Target is listening to the complaints and will likely substitute "bangers" with something else in the future to prevent further misunderstandings.

Then there are the knuckle-dragging mouth-breathers who were offended that Target dared use a gay man in their advertisements in the first place. This minority of complaints contained what one typically expects: self-righteous indignation combined with utter obliviousness to the irony of complaining about offensive slang while calling the gay man a "poof."

To these people, Target pulled no punches in making their position clear on their decision to use an openly gay man in their ads:

Target strongly believes that a person's sexuality is irrelevant to their worth as a person. Target makes no apology for using a gay man in its advertising and we do not believe that this should be grounds for upholding a complaint.

You can see the shocking ad for yourself AFTER THE JUMP...

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Target Issues Statement Addressing Its Recent Questionable Donations

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Target Corp. found themselves under the financial microscope once again, after it was revealed yesterday that they donated $50,000 dollars to the Republican Governors Association, a PAC that has spent over $3 million campaigning for anti-gay Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli in Virginia. Some, including Right Wing Watch, claimed that the donation was "indirect support" for Cuccinelli, who has an extensive history of homophobic remarks.

Now, Target Corp. has released a statement to The Advocate, in an attempt to put these recent concerns to rest. Molly Snyder of Target Communications insisted that the funds must "not be used for any individual electoral campaigns or other electioneering efforts."

"Target has a long-standing commitment to the LGBT community. We also believe strongly in our civic responsibility to engage in a bipartisan manner at the state and federal level in order to learn about public policy priorities and advocate on issues that affect our business, such as fairness legislation," stated Snyder. "One of the ways we do this is through membership in both the Democratic and Republican Governors Associations, both of which include several hundred other corporate members. When paying for our memberships, we explicitly require that our dues not be used for any individual electoral campaigns or other electioneering efforts. It would therefore be wrong and inaccurate to associate our membership dues with any particular political candidate or campaign."

So far, no one has yet been able to independently confirm this claim. 


Target In Hot Water Again After Donating $50K To PAC Supporting Anti-Gay Ken Cuccinelli

Target Anti-gayMany probably still remember the ensuing controversy when it was revealed in 2010 that Target Corporation donated $150,000 to a PAC that supported homophobic Minnesota gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer. The company subsequently revised its corporate giving policies, and even launched a series of Gay Pride shirts in an attempt to restore its gay-friendly reputation. Unfortunately, it looks as though the company will have to conduct more damage-control, since Right Wing Watch is reporting that the company "contributed $50,000 to the Republican Governors Association, which so far this year has spent nearly $3 million on behalf of [Ken] Cuccinelli’s gubernatorial campaign." Towleroad readers may remember Cuccinelli as the homophobic attorney general from Virginia with an extensive history of homophobic remarks, and who wishes to reinstate a "Crimes Against Nature Law" in the state.

Target protestIt is worth noting that Target Corp. also made the same donation to the Democratic Governors Association, which is throwing its weight behind Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe. Right Wing Watch referred to the move as "equal opportunity influence-buy[ing]." Nevertheless, this indirect support of such a fiercely anti-gay candidate does call into question a previous promise by CEO Gregg Steinhafel to promote “a dialogue focused on diversity and inclusion in the workplace, including GLBT issues," or a statement made last year by the company that it is “100 percent committed to the goal of families being respected in all communities including parents who happen to be LGBT."

This year, Target Corp. scored a perfect 100 on the HRC's Corporate Equality Index, a grade that will almost certainly suffer as a result of this donation. Thus far, the retail giant has yet to release a statement or comment addressing this most recent controversial donation. 


Right-Wingers Take On Target For Gay Pride Support

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In a move that will surprise no one, the anti-gay haters at Family Research Council and the American Family Association are trying to rally their troops against Target after the retailer introduced gay pride apparel.

"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," said FRC president Tony Perkins, willfully ignorant that the most recent polls show majority support for marriage equality.

As for AFA, president Tim Wildmon claims Target is "ramming same-sex marriage down the throats of the American people." He also provides a form letter for supporters to express their archaic ire to Target Chairman Gregg Steinhafel. It reads:

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.

Shoot, between this and the One Million Moms boycott against J.C. Penney, pretty soon there will be nowhere for right-wingers to shop.


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