A federal judge has denied a request from organizers of this weekend's Twin Cities Pride to ban a protester from distributing anti-gay literature during their two-day gay pride event that begins Saturday.

U.S. District Court Judge John Tunheim said denying Brian Johnson of Hayward, Wisconsin access to Minneapolis' Loring Park during the event would be a violation of his First Amendment rights.

Organizers had argued that their right to regulate vendors should extend to who distributes literature.

On that point, Tunheim sided with organizers, saying that if a protester attempted to set up a “quasi-booth” that creates a disruption, then he or she could be removed.

In a statement released late Friday, Twin Cities Pride said they would abide by the ruling.

“As long as Mr. Johnson and his family do not create a disturbance, they can walk the Festival and distribute their leaflets and Bibles to willing attendees,” Eileen Scallen, co-cousel to Twin Cities Pride, said. “But should their behavior be as troubling as it was at last year's festival, we shall ask Minneapolis Police to remove them.”

Johnson was denied a vendor's permit to distribute anti-gay literature and Bibles last year after being an official vendor for 10 years. He nevertheless appeared at the event with two relatives and proceeded to hand out literature. The three were arrested but never charged.

Twin Cities Pride is the third largest gay pride festival in the United States, drawing more than 200,000 revelers.