Judge rules pro-gay marriage supporters can canvass outside California Target stores

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A San Diego judge has ruled that a pro-gay marriage group can continue canvassing outside Target stores in California.

Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Barton ruled Thursday that Target Corp. did not present enough evidence to show Canvass for a Cause volunteers have been harassing its customers.

Barton also says the store entrances are considered a public forum under California law.

The Minnesota-based retail giant had asked the court for a temporary injunction to stop the volunteers from collecting signatures and donations in support of gay marriage.

Barton also warned the San Diego group to be respectful when it canvasses and to not impede the flow of traffic.

Canvass for a Cause director Tres Watson called the ruling a victory for not only his organization, but for free speech.

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