1786Universalists won the case arguing for the freedom of religion.People and Communities, Religion

Record Book 1. The Independent Christian Society of Gloucester (Universalist) Collection, Box 2, Book 1, Cape Ann Museum Library & Archives, Gloucester, MA.
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Arguing that the new state Constitution did not proscribe any one religion, the Independent Christian Church was granted freedom from taxation by the First Parish Church, thus establishing a precedent for the separation of church and state.

Babson, John James, and Samuel Chandler. History of the Town of Gloucester, Cape Anne, Including the Town of Rockport. Procter Brothers, 1860, http://archive.org/details/historytownglou00changoog
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