WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A lawyer for the Roman Catholic Worcester Diocese has asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed against the church by two gay men who say they were denied the right to buy diocesan property because church officials were concerned they would host gay weddings there.

James Fairbanks and Alain Beret filed suit two years ago for loss of civil rights and dignity and for emotional distress.

They planned to buy Oakhurst, a former Catholic retreat in Northbridge, and turn it into a venue for special events.

The Telegram & Gazette (http://bit.ly/1pdPD7F ) reports that a church lawyer Thursday told a judge the suit should be dismissed because the sale denial had nothing to do with sexual orientation, but because Fairbanks and Beret were financially unqualified.

The judge did not immediately rule.