You don’t have to feel guilty for walking into Target anymore. The national retail chain, which, it has been reported, has been on the fence about same-sex marriage, has publicly announced its support for marriage equality by signing an amicus brief to the U.S. Seventh District Court in its headquarter state Wisconsin.
Target Executive Vice President Jodee Kozlak details the company’s decision in a blog post:
Target joined several other national companies to sign on to an amicus brief in support of marriage equality. The brief is currently pending in the Seventh Circuit.
As our leadership team discussed signing on, we took time to consider the bigger questions at hand. 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.
It is our belief that everyone should be treated equally under the law, and that includes rights we believe individuals should have related to marriage. ... We believe that everyone – all of our team members and our guests – deserve to be treated equally. And at Target we are proud to support the LGBT community.
The brief comes on the heels of a recent ruling that appealed Wisconsin's decision to legalize gay marriage. Let's hope it helps, and that gay couples in that state can ring wedding bells again soon.