Two Central Mass. churches join federal lawsuit against transgender ‘bathroom bill’

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Four Massachusetts churches filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday, Oct. 11, challenging the requirement under a new law that they open restrooms and shower facilities to individuals based on their gender identity, rather than their biological sex.

“All events held at a church on its property have a religious purpose, and the government has no authority to violate the First Amendment’s guarantees of freedom of religion and speech,” Christiana Holcomb, legal counsel to the national group Alliance Defending Freedom, said in a statement Tuesday. “Government officials have no business determining which church activities are religious and which ones aren’t.”

The plaintiff churches in the case are Horizon Christian Fellowship in Fitchburg, House of Destiny Ministries in Southbridge, Abundant Life Church in Swansea, and Faith Christian Fellowship in Haverhill. The churches have also asked the court to suspend enforcement of the law while the case proceeds.

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