MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (WordNews.org) Jan. 6, 2017 — The American Family Association is seeking half a million signatures from individuals who intend to boycott Target until the store changes its policy to allow men to use women’s dressing rooms and rest rooms.
Once the goal is met, AFA officials plan to deliver in person the petition with 1.5 million signatures, which will include the 1 million signatures it collected last year. As of 7 a.m. ET, AFA has 1,445,009 signatures.
Tim Wildmon, AFA president, said he met face-to-face last year with Target executives at the retailer’s Minneapolis headquarters urging them to change its policy in exchange for the end of the boycott.
“Unfortunately, Target didn’t respond to our concerns,” Wildmon said. He called Target’s policy dangerous and AFA has posted a link with stories about attacks at Target related to its policy.
On its website, Target has said: “[W]e welcome transgender team members and guests to use the restroom or fitting room facility that corresponds with their gender identity. …Everyone deserves to feel like they belong.”
Wildmon said Target has cover to change its policy by heeding a ruling by U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor, who stopped President Barack Obama’s directive urging schools to allow boys to use girls’ locker rooms and bathrooms. O’Connor said “separation from members of the opposite sex, those whose bodies possessed a different anatomical structure, was needed to ensure personal privacy.”
AFA is urging concerned citizens to sign the petition pledging to boycott Target, which can be found here: https://www.afa.net/action-alerts/sign-the-boycott-target-pledge/. AFA is requesting citizens to forward stories like this to friends and post their decisions to boycott on social media.