A spokesman for the American Family Association says he was clearly snubbed by Target officials today when he expressed his group's deep concerns about the retailer's bathroom policy.
AFA's Abraham Hamilton III went to today's Target shareholders meeting in Southern California to raise concerns again about the company's policy allowing transgenders to use the bathroom or changing room of the gender in which they say they identify. AFA's concern has been that sexual predators may take advantage of the policy, thereby putting women and children at risk.
"It's amazing. The response [paraphrased] was We don't care what you have to say. We don't care what the American Family Association represents. We don't care what those people who signed your petition represent. We are committed to the complete overhaul of American society as it pertains to sex," says Hamilton. "That literally is their response."
AFA's online petition to boycott Target had over 1.3 million signatures as of Wednesday. Based on this, Hamilton questioned whether Target had done a cost-benefit analysis prior to pursuing its bathroom policy.
"You want to know what the answer was? Basically, No, we believe it's the best thing for our company, so we're going to do it."
Meanwhile, AFA's public policy analyst says shareholders who share the same concerns were present in the audience, but the corporate answer was unchanged. Therefore, says Hamilton, AFA's boycott will continue – with efforts ramping up in the weeks and months ahead.
"Father's Day is right around the corner ... and even back-to-school efforts," he tells OneNewsNow. "[So] we plan to increase and expand our boycott effort because Target has put us in an unenviable position by saying We don't care what you think - so we're going to have to make them care what we think."
OneNewsNow has contacted Target on several occasions for comment. Target never responded.
6-13-2016 - Clarified that Hamilton was paraphrasing Target's response and not directly quoting anyone.
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