July 31, 2013 | by Michael K. Lavers
Target indirectly supports Cuccinelli campaign
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Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has adopted extreme anti-gay positions while in office. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

MINNEAPOLIS—Target’s financial contributions to a group that supports Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s gubernatorial campaign has raised eyebrows among LGBT rights advocates.

Right Wing Watch on July 25 reported the company donated $50,000 to the Republican Governors Association in the first six months of this year. The Virginia Public Access Project notes the RGA has donated more than $3 million to Cuccinelli’s campaign and the Republican Party of Virginia that officially nominated him to challenge former Democratic National Committee Chair Terry McAuliffe.

Virginia LGBT rights activists have repeatedly blasted Cuccinelli for appealing a lower court ruling earlier this year that struck down the commonwealth’s sodomy law. He also faced criticism in 2010 when he recommended Virginia colleges and universities remove sexual orientation and gender identity and expression from their non-discrimination policies.

Cuccinelli on July 20 reaffirmed his opposition to homosexuality during a debate against McAuliffe at the Homestead in Hot Springs.

“Target is backing a candidate who is promising to roll back the rights of LGBT people and their families in Virginia,” Right Wing Watch said in its July 25 blog post.

Michael K. Lavers has been a staff writer for the Washington Blade since May 2012. The passage of Maryland's same-sex marriage law, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the burgeoning LGBT rights movement in Latin America and the consecration of gay New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson are among the many stories he has covered since his career began in 2002. Follow Michael

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