Target sues gay rights group
The Target Corporation just can't seem to make nice to gay folks.
Mr. T in DC Target's gay-rights public-relations meltdown just keeps on going.
After months of terrible publicity over its funding of anti-gay-marriage political candidates, its subsequent sorry-if-you-took-that-the-wrong-way apology, and Lady Gaga's recent public split with the company over its failure to commit to gay rights, Target has now unveiled its latest diplomatic initiative: suing a gay rights group.
Yes, that's right. Target is suing San Diego-based activists Canvas for a Cause, and the trial starts today.
Apparently Canvas for a Cause, which collects signatures in support of gay marriage, tried to get some signatures outside some Target locations, and the retail giant didn't like it.
Target's logo has been co-opted by LGBT groups.
As usual, Target insists the lawsuit has nothing to do with Canvas for a Cause's icky gay agenda.
"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," reads a company statement to the Associated Press.
Perhaps that's true. But the fact that Target can't seem to go more than a few weeks without generating headlines over its lousy relations with gay rights supporters suggests one of two things: either the $65-billion company has a team of trained monkeys managing it's P.R., or it really doesn't care if it looks like a big homophobic bully.
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