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Target Sues LGBT Group in San Diego

March 25, 2011

I have cut back my shopping significantly at Target since learning they supported an anti-gay candidate in Minnesota last fall during the mid-terms. Now this recent action by Target here in my city is indicative of the backlash against gay persons who are trying to create awareness of this trend by corporations who thinks it is acceptable to support a politician who is against gay rights. I am for fairness, human rights, workers rights, civil rights. I am against any form of bigotry and definitely against exploitation or denial of rights to any person no matter their race, creed, color, sexual orientation, demographic, or religion. When the Supreme Court ruled to allow corporations to donate money as though they were a person with the same Constitutional rights as you and I as individual citizens, it opened up a whole can of worms — namely influence peddling, which is unethical and illegal.

AP reported via local CBSNews in San Diego:

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Target Corp. is suing a San Diego pro-gay marriage group to get it to stop canvassing outside its San Diego County stores, alleging its activists are driving away customers.

Rights advocates say the trial between Target and Canvass For A Cause that begins Friday could further strain relations with the gay and lesbian community after controversy over its $150,000 donation to a business group backing a Minnesota Republican candidate opposed to gay marriage.

Minnesota-based Target insists it remains committed to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and its lawsuit has nothing to do with the political agenda of the organization.

“Our legal action was in no way related to the cause of the organization and was done so to be consistent with our long-standing policy of providing a distraction-free shopping experience by not permitting solicitors at our stores,” the company said in a statement sent to The Associated Press.

Target says it has taken similar action against a number of organizations representing a variety of causes. It alleges in the lawsuit that the San Diego group’s activists harass customers by cornering them near its stores’ front entrances and debating with them about their views on gay marriage.


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