February 2004 Church & State | AU Bulletin

Massachusetts lawmakers have dumped a centuries-old policy of prohibiting statewide alcohol sales on Sunday.

The ban on the sale of alcoholic beverages was a relic of the state's Puritan past. The new statewide policy, which lawmakers approved in November, permits alcohol sales on Sundays, but allows municipalities the option of sticking with the ban. The lawmakers cited economic reasons for ending the Sunday liquor law, noting that an increase in the state's tax revenue would surely occur.

According to The Boston Globe, some religious leaders were "loath to give up one of the last laws that distinguish Sunday from other days."