What got them worked up was this statement on the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MACD) webiste:
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 public.God forbid a transgender person attended the spaghetti supper and had to pee in a church bathroom. Surely, the Earth would spin off its axis. It is the ubiquitous determined effort to prevent trans folks from taking a piss in peace. It is an amazing waste of time and resources. Anyway MACD changed its guidance to:
The law does not apply to a religious organization if subjecting the organization to the law would violate the organization’s First Amendment rights. See Donaldson v. Farrakhan, 436 Mass. 94 (2002). However, a religious organization may be subject to the Commonwealth’s public accommodations law if it engages in or its facilities are used for a “public, secular function.” Id.In the end, that says pretty much the same thing. Nevertheless, ADF can claim to have influenced the change and proclaim victory in a nuisance suit.