LGBT Issues

Target Continues to Feel the Heat, Best Buy gets singed too

Target’s misguided $150,000 donation to MN Forward to be used in campaigning by anti-gay, anti-immigrant GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Emmer continues to generate heat for the corporation. With Target refusing to donate an equal amount to pro-gay candidates, the heat is on this signature corporation’s “Citizen’s United” enabled political donation. From flash mobs protesting “Tar jay” to the Human Rights Campaign committing to provide $150,000 to more progressive Minnesota gubernatorial candidates to Moveon calling for a boycott of Target, the company is now facing the impact of its political gamesmanship not only in Minnesota but elsewhere in the country.

Boies Nails Perkins of FRC to the Wall on Face the Nation

David Boies nails “pretty boy” Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council on Face the Nation about the recent court decision on Proposition 8. Somehow Tony Perkins needs to heed the name of his organization “Research” and conduct scientific research to prove how gays and lesbians getting married harm children or harm heterosexual marriages – something he and his ilk on the far right have failed to do over and over again. Just think of George Rekers and his bag handling Rent Boy to understand the type of research that these charlatans on the right are capable of when it comes to understanding the social dynamics of gay and lesbian marriages.

As the recent movie with Julianne Moore and Annette Bening about two lesbian mothers states “The Kids are All Right”. As countless married couples, both straight and gay co-existing without the collapse of Belgium, the Netherlands, South Africa, Spain, Portugal, Norway, Sweden, Iceland and more recently Argentina have proven, gay and lesbian marriages are all right too.

Target Feels the Backlash and Deserves It

Good old Target is feeling the backlash for their $150,000 corporate donation to MN Forward for ads to be run by anti-gay GOP gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer. The anger at the corporation has led President Gregg Steinhafel (brother of WI-based Steinhafel’s Furniture President Gary Steinhafel) to issue an apology to employees (full text here) for the process that they undertook in giving the donation and vowing to support the rights of their gay and lesbian “guests” and employees. It turns out that the senior executives of the corporation have been major donors to a broad range of anti-gay GOP politicians not only in MN, but outside the state. The biggest revelation of the senior management team’s bigotry is the revelation that they gave $3,250 to, a coalition that vowed to protect heterosexual marriage by supporting Proposition 8, at the expense of gay and lesbian relationships.

UPDATE: Prop 8 Decision – Unconstitutional!

The widely anticipated decision on the Proposition 8 trial in the CA “Perry vs. Schwarzenegger” case about the legality of gay marriage in CA will be decided today. You may recall that CA allowed gay marriage due to a Supreme Court of CA decision for a brief period of time from June 16, 2008 to November 5, 2008 , only to have the voters decide to rescind it. In a strange legal partnership, prominent attorneys David Boies & Ted Olson (of Bush v. Gore) fame took on the case to throw out Proposition 8. Today between 3:00 and 4:00 the Federal Court will announce its decision on the case according to AFER – the Americans for Equal Rights Foundation.

1 Step Forward – 2 Steps Back – Future is Gray But Gay

Gay marriage and gay civil unions in WI, MA, HI and around the world have faced a bunch of ups and downs over the past couple of weeks, but even with the 2 steps backwards that are applauded by bigots like WI’s Julaine Appling. NOM’s Maggie Gallagher and the FRC’s Tony Perkins; the writing is on the wall – equality for gays and lesbians in all aspects of their life – loving, living, working, fighting… are on their way.

Let’s look at the recent developments – 2 Steps Backwards – WI Supreme Court turns down a lawsuit to invalidate the constitutional amendment banning gay marriage or any similar arrangement and HI Governor Linda Lingle vetoes, a civil union bill at the last minute.

1 Step forward – In MA, Judge Lauro finds the Federal DOMA to be illegal.

The future is gray – The decision on throwing out Proposition 8 is still to come.
The future is gay – Portugal implements gay marriage, Ireland looks to implement civil unions and younger people support full equality for gays and lesbians