Representatives of American Family Association are meeting again today with Target executives.
For more than a year now, the Mississippi-based pro-family group has argued that women and children are at risk of sexual predators who take advantage of the retailer's policy that allows transgender customers and employees to use bathrooms and changing rooms of the gender with which they say they identify.
When Target made the policy public in April 2016, AFA launched an online "Boycott Target" petition which now features more than 1.5 million signatures.
AFA president Tim Wildmon and other representatives from his organization are in Minneapolis today to hand over the latest batch of signatures on the petition.
The first million signatures were presented to Target executives just a few weeks after the petition launched.
"To Target's credit, both times they have been gracious to meet with us – and I'm sure they will listen to what we have to say again, and hopefully they will change their policy and reverse it," Wildmon reported yesterday on American Family Radio. "I doubt that'll happen, but hopefully that'll happen because they are hemorrhaging financially."
Target's first-quarter earnings report came in "better than expected," according to various news outlets. But AFA, 2nd Vote, and other organizations say foot traffic, sales, and stock value is still not where it was before Target announced its bathroom and changing-room policy last spring.
Speaking of the policy, the Wall Street Journal reported last month that Target CEO Brian Cornell didn't approve the blog that announced the policy. In fact, WSJ says Cornell was surprised to learn about it and told colleagues he would not have approved the decision to flaunt the policy, one that several retailers have but do not promote.
To date, there have been many police and news reports of voyeurism and similar incidents in bathrooms at Target outlets.
"Even if you don't have a crime committed, what woman wants her little girls or what man wants his little girls in bathrooms where men might be?" Wildmon asked yesterday. "It doesn't make any sense to have this kind of policy and certainly be proud of it."
Wildmon continued: "How many people won't sign a pledge form or boycott form but will boycott anyway? They've lost that kind of business, so we're going to [tell Target executives] If you want any potential to bring these people back into your stores, you're going to have to reverse your policy."
OneNewsNow will report on Wednesday the outcome of today's meeting with Target.
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