11/9/11

Target's anti-gay-rights lawsuit rejected by judge

By Nick Pinto
From: http://blogs.citypages.com/blotter/2011/04/targets_anti-ga.php

It's not that Target's executive leadership has a problem with the gays -- they just wish they wouldn't stand so close to them.   The retail giants lawsuit to get gay-rights activists to stop standing on the sidewalk near the front doors of several of its California locations got denied.

California Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Barton rejected Target's request for an injunction against the activists, ruling that the store entrances are a public forum under California law. The corporation said it tried to gag the canvassers in order "to provide a distraction-free shopping environment."

It's not that Target has a problem with gay activists expressing themselves and participating in grass-roots democracy. It has a problem with everyone doing that.

With PR finesse like this -- to say nothing of your falling out with Lady Gaga and the whole bigot-funding crisis that got you in this mess in the first place, you're sure to have the people back on your side in no time.

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