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Catholic church sued by gay couple over Massachusetts real estate deal
Guardian ^ | September 10, 2012

Posted on 09/10/2012 1:39:50 PM PDT by NYer

A gay couple is suing the Catholic church in Massachusetts for allegedly refusing to sell them a mansion out of concern that they would host same-sex weddings at the site.

James Fairbanks and Alain Beret filed their discrimination lawsuit against the Catholic diocese of Worcester in county's superior court on Monday.

They allege that they were in negotiations to buy Oakhurst, a former retreat center in Northbridge, when church officials suddenly pulled out due to the possibility of same-sex marriage ceremonies being held there.

"I have lived quietly in the mainstream for nearly 60 years, and I expected to continue that," Beret told the Boston Globe. "But I will not continue that at the expense of my dignity."

Fairbanks and Beret said they inadvertently received an email sent from Thomas Sullivan, chancellor of the diocese of Worcester, to the church's broker. In the email Sullivan said he did not want to sell to the pair because of the "potentiality of gay marriages" at the house.

Sullivan contends that the email was taken out of context and says Fairbanks and Beret could not finance the purchase. He said he had only been told by the church's broker that Fairbanks and Beret planned to hold same-sex weddings there after the deal had fallen through.

"They didn't have the money, that was it," he told the Boston Globe.

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TOPICS: Catholic; Moral Issues; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: homosexualagenda

1 posted on 09/10/2012 1:39:54 PM PDT by NYer
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Sullivan told the Globe, however, that the church has a policy of not selling properties where Mass has been held to people who plan to host same-sex weddings. The same applied to other developers who planned to use former church properties for things the church deemed inappropriate, such as abortion clinics or bars.
2 posted on 09/10/2012 1:41:11 PM PDT by NYer (Without justice, what else is the State but a great band of robbers? - St. Augustine)
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Of course if it was a pervert who refused to sell to the Catholic Church because if its “hateful homophobia” that would be just fine.
3 posted on 09/10/2012 1:44:34 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (If Obama's Reelected Imagine The Mess He'll Inherit!)
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“....”I have lived quietly in the mainstream for nearly 60 years, and I expected to continue that,”...”

Hmmmmm, seems like a lawsuit wouldn’t quite keep you out of the mainstream. Seems like you could have simply purchased something else...where you could bottom-boink to your heart’s content.


4 posted on 09/10/2012 1:55:23 PM PDT by Da Coyote
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Another case where gays seek out someone to refuse them, so they can get into litigation and make an example of them. Obnoxious as hell.


5 posted on 09/10/2012 1:59:33 PM PDT by scottjewell
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I don’t think they did anything wrong


6 posted on 09/10/2012 1:59:46 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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"But I will not continue that at the expense of my dignity."

There's nothing dignified about buggery, you perverted freak.

7 posted on 09/10/2012 2:06:13 PM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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So let me get this straight .. they offered $1,000,000 for the property, could not get the financing and then offered $550,000 which was rejected. Sounds like these two were sending up a false flag and playing games to sue the Church.


8 posted on 09/10/2012 3:07:41 PM PDT by crusadersoldier
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"They didn't have the money, that was it," he told the Boston Globe.

New way of getting real estate -- sue the buyer if you don't have the $$ and say you are being discriminated against..

9 posted on 09/10/2012 3:32:25 PM PDT by ExCTCitizen (Yes, Obama, I had help with my business. MY CUSTOMERS!)
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Gay extortion. I think this new method of buying property is going to be tried all over the country. Mark my words.


10 posted on 09/10/2012 5:06:38 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o ("You can observe a lot just by watchin'." - Yogi Berra)
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Sounds like these two were sending up a false flag and playing games to sue the Church.

Sounds about right.

11 posted on 09/11/2012 4:00:01 PM PDT by SuziQ
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