NORTHBRIDGE, Mass. – A gay couple filed a lawsuit Monday against the House of Affirmation, Inc, an affiliate of the Worcester Diocese of the Catholic Church, claiming discrimination.
James Fairbanks and Alain Beret of Sutton filed the lawsuit in Worcester Superior Court. Fairbanks and Beret had been in negotiations with the church to purchase a 44-room historic home on Hill Street – now known as Oakhurst and once the House of Affirmation - in Northbridge.
The men, who have been together for 34 years and married since 2004, had planned to restore the ...