Target took a beating at their annual shareholder meeting from shareholders who think the big box retailer should focus on selling stuff rather than discriminating against gay people. Target’s CEO Gregg Steinhafel actually reached a white flag raising point of asking for questions on ANY issue other than the issue he brought onto himself last year when the company funded MN Forward in order to buy television ads in support of Tom Emmer, a documented gay rights bigot.
Now, one would think that if Gregg Steinhafel was truly sorry for his company’s choice to fund TV advertising for a bigoted candidate, his actions would align with his words. But, check this out:
That’s a Q1 2011 donation to Rep. Erik Paulsen. And, where does Erik Paulsen stand on gay rights issues? He’s had a chance to vote on one as a member of congress:
After the MN Forward blow-up, Erik Paulsen voted in favor of continued discrimination against gay members of the United States Military. Within months, Gregg Steinhafel chipped an additional $2,400 to Paulsen.
Erik Paulsen has also received the support of religious bigot, James Dobson, who’s a big fan of Erik Paulsen’s anti-marriage equity stance:
[Dobson] continues, “For another, Erik Paulsen believes that the institution of marriage is worth protecting, and he helped lead the effort in the legislature to pass a constitutional amendment to preserve marriage as the union of one man and one woman.”
I’ve gotta give Gregg Steinhafel credit. Not many people are willing to claim to be neutral on civil rights for gay people while simultaneously giving thousands of dollars to elected officials who are actively working to take away rights from gay people. That’s a level of hypocrisy that few people can tolerate while sleeping at night.