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Complaint | Fairbanks v. Roman Catholic Bishop of Worcester, Mass.

Complaint | Fairbanks v. Roman Catholic Bishop of Worcester, Mass.

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Published by Richard Vetstein
Worcester Mass. Catholic Church pulls out of real estate deal to prevent gay marriages from being held on property to be sold
Worcester Mass. Catholic Church pulls out of real estate deal to prevent gay marriages from being held on property to be sold

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Published by: Richard Vetstein on Sep 11, 2012
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1.'this s acivil rightsactionPlaintiffsllegehatdef€ndants'ousefAfflrmatio[,nc.,hc RomanCatholicBishopfWorcestelDd thers,llegallydiscriminatedagainsthom n theoourse fbusinossegotiationsor thepurchase ndsaleofproperfywnedby tireCatholicChurch.Plainlif}:s llegehatdefendailtsnterltionallynd llegallydeprivedthemofthcoppoflunilyopuchasca uniqueropertyolelybecauseelendantselievedhatthey aregayand wouldconductsamesex-weddingsntheproperty. Defendants'blataotdiscriminationagainstplaintiffs wa.smemorializedn ane-mail nadvertentlysent oplaintif{s nJune,012.Thise-maiL,nd heeventshatollowed,levealefendants'illfuldisrcgardfplaintiffs'ghtopurchaserop€rtyn hesarneasissothercitizensfMassachusetts'
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2. Asa result fdefendants'iscriminatorycts,laintiffsave uf,feredoss fauniqueousing ndbusiness pportunity,ossof civil rights, ossof dignityandemotiomldistess.Plaintiffs dng his agtiono redrcss efondants'fientionaldiscrimination gainst em.II. JURISDICTION3.Thiscoufihasurisdictionver ll claimsursuanto M.G.L. . 1518.III. VENUE4. Velue sptopernWorcesterounty, herclaintiffsesidc ndal]defendantswere ngagedn commercialealgstateransactions.IV.PARTIES5.PlaintilfAlain eretsa residentftheCommonweallhfMassaohusetts,residingt 120WestMillburyRoadn Sutlon"assaohusetts.6.Plaintif'fJamesairbankss aresidenll'theCommonwealthf Massachusetts,residingt 120WestMillburyRoadu Sutton,assachusetts.7.Mr. Beretard Mt. I'airbanksrea same-sexaffiedouplewhohavebeen togethoror hirty-fouloals,A TheOakhurstefendanls8.Delendantouse fAfiirmation,nc.s a corporationulyorganizedndefhelaws ftheCommonwealthfMassachusettsithtsprincipal lace fbusinessocatedt49ElmStreet,orcester,assachusetls.ho louseAflirmation,nc.sanaffiliateftheDiocesestablishedor herapeutic,haritable,ducationndeligiousurposes.t all imesmentionederein,t washe record wnerofthepropeyknownasOaklustConforancendReheat enter,ocated t120Hill Steet,Nothbddge,assachusetts.
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9.Defendantomal CatholicBishopfWorcosters arcligious orporationulyorganizednderhe aws ofthe Commonwsalthf Massachusettst theprcsontime, the Mo$tRev,RobettMcManuservessBishop. At alltinrssmentionedercin, hs MostRev RobortMcManusmaintainetlan inlerest ntmanaged, rdcontrolledhe saleofthepropertyknownasOakhustConferencendRetrealCenter,ocated t120Hjll Slreet,ofihbridge,Massachusetts,whiohs ownedy del'endantlouseofAl'hrmatio\Ino.10. Del'endantostReverendoberlMcManuss the{omanCatholioishopftheWorcesteriocese.Uponnfomationandbelie!he esidest 2 Highudgc Road,nWorcester,assachusctts.11.D€fendanlevorend onsignorthomasJSullivan€sidest 38 High Ste€t,Worcester,assachusolxs,t all timesmentionederein,ReYercndonsignorhomas 'Sullivanmaintaincrln ntercstn, managed,ndcontrolledhesaleoftheprope ykroyn asOaklurstConfcrcncendRotreatontcrhereinaflerOakhulst"),ocated t120llill Stroet,Northbridge,assachusetts,hichs ownedy delendantIouscofAffirmation,nc'B.ThcEasternliialceDefendants12.DefendantEastemAllianceRealty'LLCis a limitcdliabilitycompanydulyorgarizednder heawsoftheCommonwealtl')fMassachusettsithitsprincipallacefbusinessocatedt298BostonTurnpike,Suite10,Sluewsbury,assachusettsasternllianceRealty,LC is engagedn thebusinessftealestalealesrdleasing.t all timeselevanlothisaction,asternllianoeRealty,-l,CactcdsanagentftheOakhurstefendants13.DefendantisandraRodriguez-Pagans a resjdentftheCommonwealthfMassachusetts.t alltimcs menlion€dherein,LiSandralodliguez-Paganwas aprincipalofthedefendantastemAllianceRealty,LLC andactedon its behaif.At alltimes mentionederein'

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