The retail giant Target said Monday that it will not respond to appeals to give money to gay-friendly causes as a way to quell the controversy over its $150,000 donation to support a Minnesota gubernatorial candidate who opposes same-sex marriage, reports the Associated Press.
The advocacy group Human Rights Campaign said it had been in talks with the chain, headquartered in Minneapolis, to donate to gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender issues in Minnesota amid protests and boycott threats over its contribution to a group that supports the Republican candidate Tom Emmer.
In a statement, Target said it was “best to wait” before taking further action on the controversy. “We believe that it is impossible to avoid turning any further actions into a political issue and will use the benefit of time to make thoughtful, careful decisions on how best to move forward,” the company said.
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