Over the past couple of months, I’ve shared several stories about Target Corp. and their involvement with pro-gay initiatives. Target, a Fortune 50 company based in Minneapolis, has softly waded into the amendment debate. In May, the company shared that they don’t believe a constitutional fight over marriage is good for Minnesota. However, when asked recently, a company spokesperson simply reiterated the company’s support of diversity and inclusion without making reference to the amendment one way or another.
Since that time, a new Facebook Page has popped up: Target Team Members Vote No. According to the page:
While Target Corporation may not take a ‘Vote No’ stand on the marriage amendment, individual team members can, and will, work to stop Minnesota from writing discrimination into the state constitution.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a team member at headquarters or any one of Minnesota’s 70+ Target stores: If you support equality, join your fellow co-workers and pledge to vote NO to writing discrimination into the constitution. Oh, and if you’re not part of the Minnesota-based team, but want to lend your support, we like that, too! Join the red and khaki movement to vote NO on discrimination!
Target is known for encouraging team members to volunteer and get involved in their local communities. Here’s an example of team members working to keep discrimination out of the Minnesota state constitution. In reviewing the About section on the page, there is a disclaimer that emphasizes the fact that Target Corporation is “not affiliated with this page” and that team members should follow company rules when posting.
Note: This page was created by a Target team member to express personal views. Target Corporation is not affiliated with this page. All Target team members that use this page should follow all company and social media guidelines.
Here’s hoping that employees of other Minnesota-based companies can find similar ways to get involved, even if their own company decides to remain silent on the issue.
Author’s note: Target team member involved with Target’s LGBTA Business Council.