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July 27, 2012

Catholic Diocese Email Oops Shows Real Reason It Refuses to Sell House to Gay Couple | Advocate.com

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Catholic Diocese Email Oops Shows Real Reason It Refuses to Sell House to Gay Couple | Advocate.com.

Diocese’s Oops on Email Shows Real Reason It Refuses to Sell to Gay Couple

BY LUCAS GRINDLEY

JULY 26 2012 2:40 PM ET

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Email can be tricky, as one Catholic Diocese in Massachusetts is learning.

The diocese was apparently trying to come up with some legal reason it refuses to sell a 44-bedroom mansion in Worcester to a gay couple who wanted to renovate it. But the back-and-forth over email was still appended to the bottom of the bogus explanation that eventually made its way to the couple, according to Worcester Telegram columnist Dianne Williamson.

“If you’re going to discriminate, you should cover your tracks,” Williamson wrote in jest in a column today, noting that what actually unfolded could be illegal.

A real estate broker for the diocese said in an email she sent to the couple, James Fairbanks and Alain Beret, that it had suddenly found “other plans” for the property.

But at the bottom of the email was this note from Monsignor Thomas Sullivan:

“I just went down the hall and discussed it with the bishop,” Sullivan wrote to the broker, according to the Telegram. “Because of the potentiality of gay marriages there, something you shared with us yesterday, 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.”

1 Comment »

  1. I am so tired of stupid people like this. Love and respect is what I feel makes a marriage and does not matter who the 2 poeple are. Saw Dee today and it was not one of her better days.She was mumbling and definite confused.I feel like I am losing another parent and it is scary. Had a great time last night at your place.Craig is so exicted about the info regarding the sword.

    Hello Patty, sorry about Dee. But you have us. I enjoyed your visit greatly. Looking forward to our trip to Busch Gardens in a couple weeks. Hugs

    Comment by Patty — July 29, 2012 @ 13:48


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