In a ruling that could hamper California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s efforts to enforce COVID-19 stay-at-home orders, the U.S. Supreme Court has knocked down the state’s prohibition on indoor church services.
Late Friday, the court ruled 6-3 in favor of South Bay United Pentecostal Church, near San Diego, which has been fighting in court for months for the right to hold indoor services. The court’s majority said Newsom’s order violated the Constitution’s protection of the free exercise of religion.
Under California’s tiered protocols, indoor church services are prohibited in regions of the state in the purple tier, where the coronavirus is designated as “widespread.” Much of the state is in the purple tier…
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