The Supreme Court has lifted California’s ban on indoor church services
Ruling that Gov. Gavin Newsom’s strict orders violate the Constitution’s protection of the free exercise of religion.
The Supreme Court has lifted California’s ban on indoor church services during the pandemic, ruling that Gov. Gavin Newsom’s strict orders appear to violate the Constitution’s protection of the free exercise of religion.
The justices in a 6-3 decision granted an appeal late Friday evening from a south San Diego church that has repeatedly challenged the state restrictions on church services, including its ban on singing and chanting. The ruling set aside decisions by federal judges in San Diego and San Bernardino, and the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, which upheld the state’s orders despite earlier warnings from the high court.
But the high court said the state may limit attendance at indoor services to 25% of the building’s capacity and singing and chanting may be restricted as well.
California has enforced “the most extreme restriction on worship in the country,” the court was told by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. While several states set limits on attendance at church services, the group said, California is “the only state to ban indoor worship” in all but sparsely populated counties.
The six conservative justices in the majority differed among themselves, but they agreed California had singled out churches for unfair treatment.
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