Nevada: Supreme Court Denies Church’s Appeal to Reopen Like Casinos
In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court refused to grant the request from the Christian church east of Reno to be subjected to the same COVID-19 restrictions in Nevada that allow casinos, restaurants, and other businesses to operate at 50 percent of capacity with proper social distancing.
Calvary Chapel Dayton Valley argued that the hard cap on religious gatherings was an unconstitutional violation of its parishioners’ First Amendment rights to express and exercise their beliefs.
David Cortman, senior counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom representing the church, said in an email sent to the Associated Press late Friday that they were disappointed in the ruling but will continue to work to protect Calvary Chapel and others “from discriminatory policies that put religious groups at the back of the line for reopening.”
“When the government treats churches worse than casinos, gyms, and indoor amusement parks in its COVID-19 response, it clearly violates the Constitution,” he said.
Calvary Chapel Dayton Valley appealed to the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals last month after a US judge in Nevada upheld the state’s policy that allows casinos and other businesses to operate at 50 percent of normal capacity […]
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Monday, Gov. Kristi Noem issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s failure to grant an emergency injunction in a case out of Nevada, Calvary Chapel Dayton Valley v. Steve Sisolak. Nevada’s Gov. Steve Sisolak imposes far … https://t.co/BDx5Itb4BN
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