CHICAGO - Target has officially come out in support for same-sex marriage in a court filing, according to CNN.com. The retail giant signed an amicus (friend-of-the-court) brief in a case before a federal appeals court in Chicago.
Target—which operates nearly 1,800 stores around the United States—has been the victim of threats and boycotts since it refused to take a side when a battle to re-define marriage was being waged by left-wing groups in its home state of Minnesota.
In 2011 now-former CEO Gregg Steinhafel issued a formal apology for his company's contribution to a Minnesota political action committee that supported Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer, who believed in traditional marriage.
This year, the company received a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index.