Boycotts, Gay Rights, Soapbox time?

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Recently, a friend of mine posted that he was boycotting Chick-Fil-A for their direct involvement in groups supporting bans on gay marriage. I have been boycotting them since these allegations popped up. It’s saddened me that so many people say that they weren’t surprised, since Chick-Fil-A is closed on Sundays… but you know what? There are plenty of companies that take such a stance, and most of them aren’t openly endorsing discrimination. There are plenty of Christians who support equality in marriage.

Anyhow, my friend also said that he hadn’t been to Target in ages, either.

I wasn’t boycotting Target. While I was disheartened at their decision to support candidates who were so outspoken against gay marriage… they weren’t directly endorsing events or committees committed to barring gay marriage from being legal. With Target (and Best Buy), I was more upset at the Supreme Court for deciding that corporations could donate money in the same way that individuals can- because it opened the door for Target and Best Buy to do just this. And they donated (originally) to a PAC that was about economic reform in the state where their headquarters are based- money which was distributed to that particular candidate.

But the real reason I couldn’t boycott Target? Target is the only place around here to get the body wash and lotion that the Little Kidlet needs because of his allergies. (Well, except for Wal-Mart, but I’ve been against shopping there since it came out about how little of their products are made in the USA- and how they were intentionally scheduling people so that they wouldn’t have to offer benefits) I would love to simply order it online, but considering how pricy the stuff is anyways ($17 for a bottle the size of the big Johnson & Johnsons), I can’t afford to tack on shipping- and we have to buy that brand. So yes, activism takes a backseat to my son’s health.

So I was relieved to see that Lady Gaga had spoken with people at Target while negotiating a deal to offer a special edition of “Born this Way” in their stores. With lots of strings. She wanted them to pledge to be more careful about who they donate to, and to commit themselves to helping out LGBT charities. Which they apparently agreed to. (They’re phrasing it in a much more vague manner, but they do seem to be admitting that they’re going to be more careful about who they donate to in the future)

Coupled with the Obama Administration ordering the Justice Department to stop defending DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act), I’m pretty happy today.

And I’m feeling much better, thank you.