BLOGMassachusetts Moves to Regulate Church Belief and Operation

By Bob Trent Posted on: | October 18, 2016

In July of this year, the Massachusetts Legislature added “gender identity” as a protected class to the state’s public accommodations laws and directed the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination to issue guidance on how the new provision would be enforced.

The commission then issued its “Gender Identity Guidance,” which states that “a church could be seen as a place of public accommodation if it holds a secular event, such as a spaghetti supper, that is open to the public.” Attorney General Maura Healey also states on her website that “houses of worship” are places of public accommodation that must comply with the new gender identity law.

If pastors don’t comply, they face jail time and large fines.

Alliance Defending Freedom filed suit against the commissioners and attorney general on behalf of four churches, to challenge the unconstitutional laws and to halt enforcement. ADF legal counsel Christiana Holcomb represents the churches and joins Freedom Matters to talk about the case.

Also on this week’s podcast: The pro-life movement had some significant news last week from an unexpected source. The Orange County, California District Attorney filed charges against two fetal tissue dealers for profiting from the sale of baby body parts. It turns out Planned Parenthood did business with the dealers for years.

Casey Mattox, senior counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom, is on the show. He testified before congress last year in hearings investigating Planned Parenthood’s alleged involvement in trafficking the remains of aborted babies. 


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Bob Trent

Vice President of Public Relations

Bob Trent serves as vice president of public relations with Alliance Defending Freedom. In this role, Trent oversees all media and public relations efforts for the organization.

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