Target Supports Marriage Equality Through Federal Suit

Interesting. Target has signed an amicus, or friend of the court, brief supporting marriage equality in two cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. The cases, Baskin v. Bogan in Indiana and Wolf v. Walker in Wisconsin, are both being appealed after federal courts struck down marriage bans in both states.

"As our leadership team discussed signing on, we took time to consider the bigger questions at hand,"Jodee Kozlak, Target's executive vice president and chief human resources officer, explained today. "This brief is important, as the issues it addresses have significant impact on businesses. But it is more than that, and we agreed that now is the right time to more directly share our views on this issue."

Target has been criticized in the past for donating to anti-gay candidates and political groups. However, the company has contributed money to pro-LGBT organizations in recent years, and has featured same-sex couples in advertisement. Target also scored 100 percent on HRC's 2013 Corporate Equality Index, which rates businesses on LGBT equality in the workplace.