Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts and St. Gabriel's Marion Sued in Federal District Court

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Former attorney Eric J. Bonetti files in the Federal Court for Eastern District of Virginia Alleges Libel, Conspiracy, Clergy Perjury

In amended filings, Eric J. Bonetti, part of the first same-sex couple married at Grace Episcopal Church in Alexandria Virginia, earlier this week added the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts and St. Gabriel's Church in Marion, Massachusetts as defendants in a lawsuit previously filed in federal district court; revised case number 1 21 CV190.

The pleadings allege:

  • That a video on the church's website, containing remarks by former interim rector Robert H. Malm, falsely claim that the plaintiff stalked and threatened Malm and his family, and thus are libelous.
  • That Plaintiff previously asked that the church remove the video, but was refused.
  • That the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts is conspiring with Malm and the church, to damage Plaintiff's reputation and to prevent him from peacefully protesting outside St. Gabriel's church.
  • That the Diocese and its officials have ignored perjury on the part of Malm, made before the Massachusetts courts.

The move follows a written statement by the Diocese declining to address the allegations that Malm committed perjury.

Bonetti, a resident of Northern Virginia, is a retired attorney and proceeding pro se in the matter.

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