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Gay couple sue church over nixed house sale

Published September 10, 2012 7:17 pm

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Boston • A gay Massachusetts couple sued a Roman Catholic diocese Monday for allegedly refusing to sell them a mansion because church officials were concerned they would host gay weddings.

James Fairbanks, 59, and Alain Beret, 57, filed suit for loss of civil rights and dignity and for emotional distress.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Worcester ended negotiations in June, and the couple alleged they learned why in an email they inadvertently received in which diocesan Chancellor Thomas Sullivan cited concern "about the potentiality of gay marriages there."

The Associated Press

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