Mass. AG backing gay couple in lawsuit against Catholic Church

Mass. AG backing gay couple in lawsuit against Catholic Church

March 13, 2014

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BOSTON (AP) – Attorney General Martha Coakley is arguing that Massachusetts’ anti-discrimination law should apply in the case of a married gay couple who sued the Roman Catholic Diocese of Worcester for allegedly refusing to sell them a Northbridge mansion because church officials were concerned they would host gay weddings.

James Fairbanks and Alain Beret filed suit in Worcester Superior Court in 2012 after church officials pulled out of negotiations.

The Diocese has argued the state’s antidiscrimination laws don’t apply.

Coakley argues the laws do apply to the “public, commercial sale of real property” by the Diocese and that its religious rights aren’t burdened by the sale.

Coakley also argues that the state’s interest in eliminating discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation outweighs any burden on religious rights imposed by applying the antidiscrimination statute in this case.

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1 Comments to “Mass. AG backing gay couple in lawsuit against Catholic Church”

  1. St. Francis says:

    This witch wants to run for Governor of Massachusetts, and calls herself “Catholic”. Even though she’s pro-abortion, pro-sodomite, pro-feminazi and pro-artificial contraception. But hey, with those credentials if she doesn’t become Governor she could get a top spot in simple Jorge’s new conciliar church’s lay hierarchy positions.

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