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Massachusetts law could force churches to follow transgender-access policy

September 07, 2016

The Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination has ruled that the state's anti-discrimination laws require all "agents of places of public accommodation" to allow "transgender" males to use women's restrooms.

The new state policy, which takes effect October 1, would apply to any church building that is seen as a "place of public accommodation." The Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination said that status would apply to a church "if it holds a secular event, such as a sphaghetti supper, that is open to the general public." The commission did not specify what church-sponsored events would be regarded as "secular" events.

 
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  • Posted by: WNS3234 - Sep. 09, 2016 5:53 PM ET USA

    I know a few europeans who shudder at "yankee" bathrooms because of the high visibility they afford. Some parishes have closed stall restrooms that ensure privacy. Mens' Rooms, because of various urinal styles, provide more exposure (pun intended) and thereby a problem. The real issue transcends sex-distinct facilities giving way to "shared" facilities. It has everything to do with forcing "gender bending" principles into the public square.

  • Posted by: brenda22890 - Sep. 08, 2016 10:10 AM ET USA

    If we haven't all seen this coming, we've been kidding ourselves. Our Bishops, and our Pope, are ignoring these problems - - or apologizing -- not seeming to care that it spells the end of the Church in the West.