Target Corp. has reportedly pressed charges against Canvass For A Cause, a pro-gay marriage group that has protested the coporation for its $150,000 donation to a business group backing a Minnesota Republican candidate opposed to same-sex nuptuials.
Canvass For A Cause then started canvassing outside Target's San Diego County stores, which caused them to file a lawsuit, alleging that the activists are driving away customers by harrassing them, cornering them near the front of the store and debating with them about gay marriage.
However, the group disputes this, and says that they also canvas at shopping malls and college campuses to collect signatures and donations in support of the right to marry. Director Tres Watson also claims that volunteers are trained daily to be professional and polite, and to focus on educating the public.
"It's very David vs. Goliath. We understand they're the Goliath in the room. They've got all money in world to get us to stop talking about gay marriage. We train our staff and volunteers very carefully in techniques in winning people over. When you're trying to persuade voters and reach out to the community with a message, there is no advantage to being aggressive."
Exactly! We have a feeling that their behavior is being blown of proportion by Target!
Here's hoping that they can prove in trial that all they are doing is attempting to educate the public on why this is such an important right for the LGBT community - and why Target decision to use its money to take a stand against that right is WRONG!
Such a shame. Thank goodness Lady GaGa backed out of that partnership when she did!
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