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Security Guard at Minneapolis' Target Field Tells Lesbian Couple Not to Kiss, and 'Adhere to Ten Commandments'

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A security guard at Minneapolis' Target Stadium told Taylor Campione and Kelsi Culpepper, a lesbian couple who briefly kissed as they separated to go to the bathroom at a Twins game, that they couldn't kiss.

Said the guard: "Here in the stadium we expect to adhere to the Ten Commandments."

WCCO reports:

They spoke to the manager and were not satisfied. They want a “zero tolerance policy at Target Field, and have filed a complaint with the State Human Rights Department. Twins spokesman Kevin Smith said the guard, who has worked for the organization for nearly a decade, has been reprimanded for his actions, but continues to work at the stadium.

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Target CEO Hit with Questions About Same-Sex Marriage Ban, Political Giving at Annual Meeting

Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel was hammered with questions about its political donations to MN Forward on Wednesday and its support of an amendment banning same-sex marriage in Minnesota at the company's annual meeting in Pittsburgh, Reuters reports:

Steinhafel Bill de Blasio, New York City public advocate and trustee of the New York City employees retirement system, which holds about $50 million in Target shares, said on Tuesday that he is "deeply concerned" when he sees those pension investments used unwisely.

A number of shareholders at Wednesday's meeting echoed his comments, repeatedly asking Steinhafel about the donation. Target has changed its review process for donations since the MN Forward donation, but some shareholders would like to see a more explicit apology and broader change from the company.

"Last year was a great learning experience for us," Steinhafel said as he repeatedly suggested moving onto a different topic.

"Does anybody have a question relating to our business that is unrelated to political giving? I would love to hear any question related to something else," Steinhafel said.

When asked specifically about the  marriage amendment, Steinhafel said, "Our position at this particular time is that we are going to be neutral on that particular issue, as we would be on other social issues that have polarizing points of view...We're a retail store, we welcome everybody...We have a broad team-member base, every shape and size and color. And so we are a very inclusive organization...We're going to continue to monitor, we're going to continue to assess, and see how that develops."


Target Loses Case Against Marriage Equality Petitioners

Grassroots activist group Canvass for a Cause has won a case against Target Corporation after the retailing giant tried to stop the group from petitioning outside its stores. Court documents suggested Target was worried that the volunteers were making it look like the corporation supports equality for gays and lesbians.

Cfac_target San Diego Gay & Lesbian News reports:

Superior Court Judge Jeffrey B. Barton released his ruling this afternoon, denying Target’s motion for an injunction to stop CFAC from petitioning customers.

During the hearing on March 25, CFAC contended that its right to free speech was being challenged by the lawsuit, while Target claimed the grass-roots group’s tactics were harming its business.

Tres Watson, executive director of CFAC, said he was thrilled with the ruling.

“This was not just a victory for the LGBT community,” Watson said, “but a victory for everybody who supports the fundamental American values to free speech.”

Watson said he expects Target will appeal the ruling.

Last month, Lady Gaga dissolved a deal with Target because of their anti-LGBT giving policies. Those policies came to light during last year's election cycle when the corporation made sizable donations to MN Forward, an a conservative  PAC which funded campaign commerials for anti-gay gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer. 


Target Sues to Keep Activist Group from Canvassing for Marriage Equality Outside its Stores

I mentioned this recently in one of my news round-ups, but today a case is set to begin in San Diego in which Target Corporation will face off against activists who want to petition for marriage equality outside its stores.

San Diego Gay and Lesbian News reports: Cfac_target

On Friday morning, Superior Court Judge Jeffrey B. Barton will listen to arguments from both sides after Minnesota-based Target Corp. sued the San Diego-based Canvass For A Cause (CFAC) to prevent the grass-roots activist group from gathering petition signatures in front of its stores in California.

The fundamental American right to free speech is at the heart of this case, said Tres Watson, executive director of CFAC who is a San Diego resident.

In an earlier court date on March 8, Judge Barton denied a motion by Target’s attorneys seeking a temporary restraining order against CFAC. Barton ruled that the right of free speech trumps over the business interest of Target in refusing the request.

Court documents suggest Target is worried that the volunteers are making it look like the corporation supports equality for gays and lesbians.

CFAC volunteers also note that other groups are also talking to customers outside Target, including veterans organizations and Girl Scouts. Watson wonders whether Target wants to pick and choose which groups it allows outside its stores, and questions whether the corporation is showing bias against gay rights groups.


Jennifer Hudson, Ricky Martin Work Target Corporate Deals

Ricky Martin and Jennifer Hudson care less about Target's anti-gay political habits than Lady Gaga, apparently.

Target_martin Both have deals with Target (Martin's started on January 21 in conjunction with his album Música + Alma + Sexo, and Hudson's begins today), and both reportedly performed last week at a corporate event for Target managers in Minneapolis.

Martin also performed (somehow I missed this) at a Target event in NYC on February 2.

The Star Tribune makes note of it:

Guess who did not perform at the Target managers meeting at Target Center Tuesday? Lady Gaga. Not that anyone expected her after her falling out with Target over the company’s donations to political action committees that she didn't approve of. She had a deal with Target to carry an exclusive version of her upcoming “Born This Way” album but she pulled out.

Other stars who do have deals with Target did perform for several thousand store managers on Tuesday.

Our spies report that Ricky Martin and Jennifer Hudson have rocked the day-long meeting thus far.

Matt Rettenmund at Boy Culture, asks:

"Okay, so everyone who was so upset with Lady Gaga, do you grant Hudson a pass because she has not presented herself as a gay role model, in which case your gripes about Gaga are completely narrow and only about whether or not Gaga deserves praise as opposed to pushing LGBT rights forward, or do you criticize Hudson with the same vehemence previously unleashed on Gaga?"

And what do folks think about Ricky's association with the brand?

At what point should musicians who present themselves as LGBT role models (and accept awards from GLAAD) turn their back on corporations that give to anti-LGBT causes, but whose support undoubtedly contributes to their bottom line? And what about celebrities who aren't seen as LGBT activists but have large gay fan bases?

Previously...
Statement: Target Surprised and Disappointed Lady Gaga Nixed Deal [tr]
Lady Gaga Dissolves Deal with Target [tr]


Watch: 'Target, Are You Anti-Gay'

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Fresh on the heels of Lady Gaga dumping her deal with Target last week, comes a song parody of "Born This Way" asking Target the big question: Are you anti-gay? Watch, AFTER THE JUMP.

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