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Retailer Target files brief in support of same-sex marriage in Wisconsin

CHICAGO (WTAQ) - The Target department store chain has filed a legal brief in support of same-sex marriages in Wisconsin.

That's rare, since large companies normally shy away from hot button political issues so they don't turn off customers.

However, as polls show growing support for gay marriage, several large U.S. companies have publicly defended the practice -- both in legal briefs, and in referendums.

Target filed its brief in the federal appeals court in Chicago, which is considering the constitutionality of gay marriage bans passed in both Wisconsin and Indiana.

Federal judges overturned those bans, and both states filed appeals.

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune said virtually all of Minnesota's biggest businesses took no stance on a state referendum from 2012 to ban same-sex marriages. The referendum failed, and lawmakers approved the gay unions last year.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)