Minnesota-based retailer Target on Tuesday announced that it has signed on to an amicus brief in support of plaintiffs challenging gay marriage bans in Wisconsin and Indiana.

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago will hear oral arguments in Baskin v. Bogan (Indiana) and Wolf v. Walker (Wisconsin) later this month.

“It is our belief that everyone should be treated equally under the law, and that includes rights we believe individuals should have related to marriage,” said Jodee Kozlak, executive vice president and chief human resources officer at Target.

“[T]he current laws – in places like Wisconsin and Indiana that are addressed in this brief – make it difficult to attract and retain talent. These disparate laws also create confusing and complicated benefits challenges across multiple states,” she added.

Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest LGBT rights advocated, applauded the move.

“Today Target joins a growing chorus of Americans and businesses that know these bans on marriage equality serve no purpose other than to harm families,” Griffin said in a blog post. “Discrimination should have no place in our society, much less our laws. We are grateful to Target for speaking out and standing up for the rights of not just its LGBT employees, but Americans from across the country who deserve to be treated with fairness and equality under the law.”

After gay rights groups targeted Target over its $150,000 donation to MN Forward, a political action group that backed marriage equality foe Tom Emmer's gubernatorial bid, the retailer kept out of the 2012 marriage debate in its home state of Minnesota.