WORCESTER (AP) - The bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts is backing a civil suit that challenges Attorney General Martha Coakley's decision to kill an initiative by casino foes.
Coakley disqualified a proposed statewide ballot question that would repeal a 2011 state law allowing up to three casinos and one slots parlor in Massachusetts. She said the initiative could illegally result in the uncompensated taking of property from casino developers.
The group "Repeal the Casino Deal" is suing to overturn the decision.
The Worcester Telegram reports that Bishop Douglas Fisher backs the suit.
Fisher said residents should be able to vote on allowing gaming operations in Massachusetts. He said casinos have "never improved the quality of life in areas where many economically vulnerable people live."
Proponents say casinos will bring jobs and economic development.