The more I reflect on the recent attacks on corporations made by right-wing and left-wing groups because the corporation in question has not adopted the world-view of these organizations, the more I realize that each group, the American Family Association (AFA) and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), is just looking for a company to attack in order to get some media attention and rally their base.
The AFA simply refuses to accept (and indeed actively seeks t0 undermine) the social changes of the past decade. Americans, even on the right, now accept that gay people should live openly while an increasing number of institutions welcome them and seek to accommodate our relationships. The group seems to have been casting about for a corporation to boycott where they thought they could be effective.
By a similar token, HRC was casting about for a company to attack. Just look at how tenuous is the connection between Target (which has adopted a number of policies beneficial to its gay employees) and anti-gay attitudes. The corporation gave money to a political organization which ran ads in favor of a candidate who has a similar stand on gay marriage to the president.
As I did a google search of likely Republican nominee for Governor of Minnesota’s alleged anti-gay attitudes, Lori Heine, one of our readers, did a google search to see what she could find out “about people in Minnesota wanting to kill gays” (in response to an e-mail she received). And like me, all she found were references some obscure Christian rock band. Now, given the number of liberal gays who read this blog, we have an active chorus of critics familiar with — and eager to criticize — our posts. Not one of them chimed in to defend HRC’s characterization of that Republican as “rapidly anti-equality” or otherwise bitterly anti-gay.
So, as of yet, the only evidence we have about the anti-gay attitudes of a Republican candidate, whose indirect support by Target has gotten HRC’s panties all in a bundle, is that he has a similar position on gay marriage to the Democratic President of the United States.