Bma-pastorsOSTON — Four Massachusetts pastors and their churches are suing the state over a new anti-discrimination law that threatens to control how they express their beliefs around gender and sexuality and how they operate their bathrooms.

“It could affect me as a pastor, what I teach and how we operate our church. This is new ground.” said Pastor George Small, founder of Horizon Christian Fellowship in Fitchburg and one of the plaintiffs.

In July, Massachusetts lawmakers amended the state’s anti-discrimination law to prohibit discrimination in places of public accommodation based on a person’s stated gender identity…

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