After all, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, the state’s primary civil rights agency, released a document on Sept. 1, titled, “Gender Identity Guidance.” The document defined a public accommodation as “any place, whether licensed or unlicensed, which is open to and accepts or solicits the patronage of the general public” . . .
“Even 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 general public,” the guidance reads. “All persons, regardless of gender identity, shall have the right to the full and equal accommodations, advantages, facilities and privileges of any place of public accommodation” . . .
That said, any event that is hosted in a church and is for “purely secular purposes” could fall under public accommodations regulations.
Hopefully, this issue about the Massachusetts Commission Against Discriminationand its wider implications gets some coverage from the Catholic Press because hardly anyone out there is covering it.
There is such a thing as Freedom of Association under the First Amendment.