Last week, seven Republican state attorneys general sent a letter to Target CEO Brian Cornell warning that selling LGBTQ-themed merchandise "to families and young children" may be illegal. The letter, written by Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita (R) — and co-signed by the attorneys general of Arkansas, Idaho, Kentucky, Missouri, Mississippi, and South Carolina — alleges that selling "LGBT-themed onesies, bibs, and overalls, t-shirts" could violate "[s]tate child-protection laws" prohibiting the “sale or distribution… of obscene matter." An item is obscene, the letter notes, if its "dominant theme… appeals to the prurient interest in sex."
Keep calling them out, Judd. You are one of the most courageous of our allies. Thank you for sticking to the truth.
Republican priorities are just unbelievable. They couldn’t care less that crazy people have unfettered access to buy AR-15s to blow our children to smitereens, but here you have multiple Republican Attorneys General using their taxpayer-funded time to gang up on a company for...selling T-shirts with rainbows on them? Putting aside the blatant effort by the top legal officials for multiple states to infringe on First Amendment free speech rights, the idea that rainbow shirts somehow turn kids gay is sheer lunacy. WTF?
All the effort put into this nonsense should instead be channeled into protecting children from the real threats of guns, homelessness, hunger, and health care.
Not unlike 1930s Germany when the Nazi party targeted a particular community, Jews, to blame for all if society's ills, the GOP is targeting the LGBTQ community.
If any lesson is learned from the past is this kind of action can happen. I don't think the protection of laws against discrimination will stop it.
Our federal courts and SCOTUS are full of Trump appointees that have no qualms with politics over law.
Over the past 10 years I have heard evangelicals blame the problems in America on the LGBTQ community more than any other group. The alliance of evangelicals and the GOP is in mho a most dangerous alliance and you can bet RAGA has been influenced by the religious right. Enough so that the law bearers of states, Attorney Generals, are willing to put out less than factual letters under their seal to private corporations like Target to target a particular community. They have done so with no regard to federal discrimination laws.
Thanks for important reporting, Judd and team. Democracy is in peril in America you keep the high beam on it.
Evidently, these people have nothing better to do but harass the LGBTQ community. Theirs would be a laughable effort if not for the real danger it represents.
The real DEEP STATE - conservatives and libertarians. these repubs are the REAL DEEP STATE. As David Pepper documents in his book, they are constantly probing and learning. They have built on the Lewis Powell Memo, used strategies of James Buchanan, and gathered the trust fund baby billionaires to bribe their way to power. Big government - bad - except when it can be used to further THEIR ideas.
Everyday people complain about the government for lying, let me offer you the real problem - corporate America and the conservative libertarians. The tobacco industry lied about their product to counter the government studies, car makers lied about car safety and countered the government studies, fossil fuel knew about the problems of their industry and funded counter studies against the government, you have the vaccines, you have the Sacklers, the list goes on and on.
Ralph Nader was targeted as the real villain for trying to protect the consumers and workers.
When the government does what it is expected to do- protect the people, work for the people- count on the conservatives to be against it. As they say "the government's primary function should be that of protecting property." Translation - protect wealthy possessions and we will use the government to do just that. Employees are property. Their rights do not matter.
Thanks Judd for your excellent work.
RAGA, long before this revolting, sordid addition to their “rap” sheet, has been worthy of this (and more) attention. RAGA’s entwined as co-pilots, navigating the dark-money sluice, in our joyless descent into the current fascist dystopia. They deserve greater focus and way more derision by a democratic society
a rainbow appeals to a prurient interest in sex? Someone should have notified God when he created them.
Apparently, the state Attorney General considers being LGBTQ worse than lying in an accusation. In Christian speak that’s called bearing false witness. Whatever you call it, it’s no surprise from morally arrogant fundamentalists for whom the ends always justify the means.
Now where are the letters from state Attorneys General advising Target that shutting out LGBTQ merchandise and customers might violate their state’s laws against discrimination? Or do progressives always drop the ball?
You know what the fuss is really all about? These RAGA/MAGA folken are just dying to come out of the closet, but just cannot let themselves because of... reasons.
So the Republican party has decided government it is allowed to regulate and moderate business after all! They want to use the judiciary to put limits on what they can or can not represent.
And they, like the recent SCOTUS hearing on the WEB design case, use false information to justify its argument. True, it isn't a new thing to skew your argument with exaggerations to make your point but in both cases it was so easily shown to be wrong. No laws have been broken by the retailers but they have do defend themselves against these 'virtue' crusaders.
The renewed attacks on and efforts to roll back progress on LGBT rights are troubling and no doubt reflect an effort to leverage the conservative SCOTUS majority to strike down decisions favorable to same sex unions. The arguments only work if same sex relationships are viewed reductively through the lens of sex. It ignores the richness, complexity, and commitment of same sex relationships. Teaching children that families look different is. It inherently sexual. It is the conservatives who are making it so.
Thank you, Judd, for revealing more unpleasant truth about how our country has so many streams of fear-based, money-grubbing movements run by people with political power. Ironically, they often tout themselves as "Christians" when their behavior is antithetical to the New Testament teachings about love and wisdom from within.
If the corporations that say they support LGBTQ+ people and their rights, as well as the corporations that say they support equal rights for people of color, as well as the corporations who say they support voting rights and women's rights and all the other rights stopped donating millions to Republicans and their dark money PACS, the Republicans would change their tune in a hot New York second. But they want to have it both ways, so maybe those of us who actually support all those rights should take our business elsewhere.
Ah, the slithering republican golums, suppuratingly dreaming up and trying to create laws of every imaginable stripe of hatred and stupidity while pursuing the enrichment of themselves. Meanwhile, no positive legislation that actually moves the human species forward is ever considered. The GOP Golum high-school mentality is causing America to now fester into civil psychosis.
Thank you Judd, et al, for excellent reporting.
One would think that being the target of these attacks would result in a backlash where the corporations cease their contributions to these arrogant, bigoted racist Republicans.