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Target sues marriage equality group for canvassing supporters outside stores

Friday, March 25, 2011

In San Diego today, a court case is set to begin in which Target Corporation is suing the activist organization, “Canvass For A Cause.”

CFAC is being sued by Target to block them from asking customers outside Target stores to sign petitions to help the cause of marriage equality.

Target has stated that they have no problem with the “message” — but say they have had complaints by customers who don’t like to be bothered exiting the stores.

But CFAC says that other groups — from veterans organizations to the Girl Scouts – are allowed to approach customers and that Target doesn’t seem to have a problem with those groups.

“Target is alleging that our people are angry, militant, homosexual activists. But if you think through it logically, there’s nothing [that] supports our cause [by] acting that way, and we don’t,” said Canvass for a Cause executive director Tres Watson.

CFAC said all volunteers are trained to not be bothersome or rude, and has asserted that Target, which has a history of anti-gay bias, is only trying to shut down organizations that support causes Target opposes. CFAC feels this is primarily a First Amendment issue.

Earlier this month, Lady Gaga cancelled a marketing deal with Target when discussions on improving relations between the LGBT community and Target failed to come together. Lady Gaga has been an out-spoken advocate for LGBT rights and equality.

Interestingly, there are reports that Target’s history of anti-gay bias has not kept Ricky Martin, recent GLAAD honoree, from developing his own marketing deal with Target.

Martin and Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson recently performed in Minneapolis for 10,000 Target store managers, a common practice when recording artists want to encourage Target stores to sell and promote their music.

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28 more reader comments:

  1. wow really Target?

    Posted on Friday, March 25, 2011 at 2:56pm
  2. So bogus. Target isn’t doing itself much justice, in doing this. (Pun intended.)

    Posted on Friday, March 25, 2011 at 2:56pm
  3. So bogus. Target isn’t doing itself much justice, in doing this. (Pun intended.)

    Posted on Friday, March 25, 2011 at 2:56pm
  4. Fuck this.

    Posted on Friday, March 25, 2011 at 2:57pm
  5. WTF Target…IF WE WANNA MAKE A PETTION LET US!!

    Posted on Friday, March 25, 2011 at 2:58pm
  6. hmf love is love if we want paper to say it then let us its our rights as ppl

    Posted on Friday, March 25, 2011 at 2:59pm
  7. Fuck target. I hate that store….

    Posted on Friday, March 25, 2011 at 3:05pm
  8. You can’t have it both ways Target unless you are bi. That would also make you a hypocrite. Bought right.

    Posted on Friday, March 25, 2011 at 3:06pm
  9. You can’t have it both ways Target unless you are bi. That would also make you a hypocrite. Bought right.

    Posted on Friday, March 25, 2011 at 3:06pm
  10. This boils down to company policy… target doesn’t allow anyone to do anything outside it’s stores, not even toys for tots… at least that’s the way it was when I worked there…

    Posted on Friday, March 25, 2011 at 3:07pm
  11. This boils down to company policy… target doesn’t allow anyone to do anything outside it’s stores, not even toys for tots… at least that’s the way it was when I worked there…

    Posted on Friday, March 25, 2011 at 3:07pm
  12. Glad I NEVER shop there…

    Posted on Friday, March 25, 2011 at 3:10pm
  13. Fuck Target!

    Posted on Friday, March 25, 2011 at 3:14pm
  14. What a joke… Free speech

    Posted on Friday, March 25, 2011 at 3:16pm
  15. Way to lose some business Target. Good job.

    Posted on Friday, March 25, 2011 at 3:17pm
  16. ill never shop here again!!! damn i was gon apply there next year too… FUCK THAT!

    Posted on Friday, March 25, 2011 at 3:18pm
  17. Its still not as bad as Walmart :l

    Posted on Friday, March 25, 2011 at 3:20pm
  18. yet another reason i will never shop in Target

    Posted on Friday, March 25, 2011 at 3:21pm
  19. Dont picket on the store property folks. Im gay, and totally for activism, but be smart about it.

    Posted on Friday, March 25, 2011 at 3:49pm
  20. leave the poor target shoppers alone …

    Posted on Friday, March 25, 2011 at 4:09pm
  21. Agree with ford

    Posted on Friday, March 25, 2011 at 4:21pm
  22. “Free speech” exists on public property. If it was on Target property, Target can choose whom to allow to solicit. Target has its image to think about, and such a contentious issue will hurt the business. Also, most businesses make anyone who wants to solicit, sell, or petition fill out forms and get approval before they come to the store. If this group did not do that, Target is well within its legal right to ask them to leave.

    Posted on Friday, March 25, 2011 at 4:47pm
  23. That must be the basis of Target’s suit. Trespassing on their property. All businesses have a border to the public side, to where demonstrations and free speech may take place. It’s up to Target to prove to the court the demonstrators were trespassing — or they have no cause of action, period.

    Posted on Friday, March 25, 2011 at 6:12pm
  24. That must be the basis of Target’s suit. Trespassing on their property. All businesses have a border to the public side, to where demonstrations and free speech may take place. It’s up to Target to prove to the court the demonstrators were trespassing — or they have no cause of action, period.

    Posted on Friday, March 25, 2011 at 6:12pm
  25. Target can suck my spiky strap-on.

    Posted on Friday, March 25, 2011 at 9:19pm
  26. Omg what happed to free speech here. Well if there not to canvass outside your store then I know longer want you to canvass in mine STOP SENDING ME FLYERS to advertise you business.

    Posted on Saturday, March 26, 2011 at 11:13am
  27. One more store on my boycott list. FU target.

    Posted on Sunday, March 27, 2011 at 3:02pm
  28. … -poke head in- putting Target on a shit list isnt gonna do much. Ignorance is evey where we go .

    Posted on Sunday, March 27, 2011 at 10:24pm