In less than a week, the American Family Association’s online petition to #BoycottTarget has accumulated over a half million signatures. At the time of this post, the tally stands at 524,367 shoppers who have vowed to steer clear of the second-largest discount retailer in the US.
The initiative represents the AFA’s response to Target’s recent announcement that its customers may use whichever facilities they prefer in accordance with their gender identity:
Most relevant for the conversations currently underway, we welcome transgender team members and guests to use the restroom or fitting room facility that corresponds with their gender identity.
The AFA shared their concern that sexual predators may take advantage of this policy to victimize innocent customers. Many prominent voices, most notably Ted Cruz, have made similar arguments in recent days.
Cruz Rips Trump’s Apathy Toward Transgender Bathroom Law: ‘Have We Gone Stark Raving Nuts?’ https://t.co/QtUx2XpZ7A
— Glenn Beck (@glennbeck) April 22, 2016
— Walker Wildmon (@WalkerWildmon) April 25, 2016
— American Family Assc (@AmericanFamAssc) April 25, 2016
— Michelle (@Te_mana72) April 21, 2016
— Antagonizer11 (@Antagonizer11) April 21, 2016
— Jo Anne Smoot ºoº (@joannesmoot) April 20, 2016
— CK (@Ckbeme) April 21, 2016
— chickbunhomeschool (@lisalovesjammin) April 20, 2016
In sum, here’s the AFA’s point in a nutshell:
— American Family Assc (@AmericanFamAssc) April 21, 2016