A couple who wanted to take a run-down Northbridge mansion off the hands of the Diocese of Worcester and turn into a banquet hall had their bid rejected, despite initially everything seemingly going well, because the Diocese didn’t like the “potentiality of gay marriages” being held on the property. While certainly unpleasant for the couple, this sudden about-turn may also have broken anti-discrimination laws.
As to how the couple came to find out about the reasons behind rejected bid, WBZ-TV reports:AS IF THERE ARE NO LAW AGAINST HOUSING DISCRIMINATION-- OOOPS--That is only the State and Federal Laws. AS IF THE CHURCH IS ABOVE THE LAW--AS IF JESUS DID NOT SAY TO RENDER UNTO CAESAR THE THINGS THAT ARE CAESAR'S
Alain and his partner Jim put in an offer for $1 million for the Oakhurst Retreat and Conference Center and say the Diocese of Worcester accepted it.But, according to Beret, as they were doing their due diligence and pursuing normal negotiations, the Diocese abruptly stopped the sale.Beret didn’t know what happened, until he began scrolling through an email between the brokers.He noticed a message at the bottom of the thread from Monsignor Thomas Sullivan to his realtor.It said:“I just went down the hall and discussed it with the bishop. Because of the potentiality of gay marriages there….we are not interested in going forward with these buyers. I think they’re shaky anyway. So, just tell them that we will not accept their revised plan and the Diocese is making new plans for the property. You find the language.” READ MORE