In non-Prop. 8 news: Kagan confirmed, Target apologizes

by Matt Comer  Editor  editor@goqnotes.com
Published: August 5, 2010 in Blog

Perhaps you’ve been so overjoyed with yesterday’s Proposition 8 ruling that you missed these great tidbits of news today:

Kagan confirmed to Supreme Court
Solicitor General Elena Kagan was confirmed by the U.S. Senate 63-37 for appointment to the Supreme Court. Only five Republicans voted for her confirmation.

“We commend the Senate for confirming Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court,” Joe Solmonese, said Human Rights Campaign president, said in a release. “She has demonstrated an understanding of the need for equality for all Americans and her record indicates she may be more familiar with how laws and policies affect the LGBT community than any previously confirmed Justice.”

Kagan becomes the fourth woman ever confirmed to the nation’s highest judicial bench. HRC elaborated on her LGBT record in a release: “While in the Clinton White House, she was involved in LGBT issues ranging from expanding hate crimes legislation to preventing employment discrimination to increasing funding for HIV and AIDS prevention and treatment. As Dean of Harvard Law School, Kagan supported the LGBT community and passionately defended the school’s sexual orientation anti-discrimination policy when it conflicted with the discriminatory ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ law – a law she called ‘a profound wrong – a moral injustice of the first order.’”

Target CEO apologizes for anti-gay PAC donations
Gays the country over have been boycotting Target (along with Best Buy) for political donations to anti-gay candidates and political action committees. Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel, who initially defended his company’s donations, has now apologized, writing, “While I firmly believe that a business climate conducive to growth is critical to our future, I realize our decision affected many of you in a way I did not anticipate, and for that I am genuinely sorry.” And: “We remain fully committed to fostering an environment that supports and respects the rights and beliefs of all individuals. The diversity of our team is an important aspect of our unique culture and our success as a company, and we did not mean to disappoint you, our team or our valued guests.”

I’m guessing the landlords at Charlotte’s Midtown have no need to worry as long as Best Buy follows suit, right?