When I had heard that the American Family Association had launched a boycott of Home Depot, instead of joining some left-wing busybodies in crying foul, I tried to think of any household items I could buy at the home improvement giant on Sunset at the 101. Alas, I needed none.
Now, we’ve learned that the leaders of AFA’s left-wing counterpart, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), got their panties all in a bundle because “Target and Best Buy have donated over $250,000 to a political committee supporting a rabidly anti-equality candidate for Governor of Minnesota, where both are headquartered – a man with ties to a Christian rock band that advocates violence and death to gays.”
Rapidly “anti-equality” candidate? I’m assuming they must mean Ted Emmer, the presumptive GOP gubernatorial nominee in the North Star State; MN Forward (the political committee in question) ran ads in favor of that Republican. Well, after a number of google searches (including links to a piece on the Huffington Post), the only thing I could find about Mr. Emmer’s views on gay issues was that he holds pretty much the same stand on gay marriage as does the president: he opposes state recognition of same-sex marraige. So, I guess by HRC’s logic, that would make Barack Obama “rapidly anti-equality” if not for that (D) after his name which automatically deems his gay record acceptable.
(And Emmer may have “ties” to a crazy Christian rock band, but let’s not forget that Obama campaigned with anti-gay “ex-gay” gospel singer Donnie McClurkin. HRC chief Joe Solmonese expressed polite “disappointment” with McClurkin’s presence at campaign events, but didn’t ask its supporters to send angry letters to the then-Democratic presidential hopeful.)
All that said, I hope Target does not give in to HRC’s temper tantrum and that it does not donate to what HRC calls “groups that support candidates who will put all Minnesota families first and fulfill the promises of our highest ideals” which, in HRC-speak, means groups which support big government.
I checked out MN Forward’s web-page and they’re pretty much your standard small-government advocacy organization. (According to their web-page “MN Forward is an effort by Minnesota job providers to elect a governor and state legislators who understand the importance of creating private-sector jobs and economic opportunity in our state“). I could find no reference to gay issues when I reviewed their site — or did an advanced google search.
Does HRC have a problem with a group committed to the importance of creating private-sector jobs? If so, they’re acting against the best interests of gay people, given the success of private employers (like Target) in adopting non-discrimination policies and offering benefits to the same-sex domestic partners of its employees. The retail giant even scored 100 on HRC’s Orwellian-sounding Corporate Equality Index.
Please join GayPatriot readers in shopping at Home Depot — and Target.