STORY FROM: COVID-19 Litigation Report

San Diego Church Says COVID-19 Assembly Ban Violates its Constitutional Rights

SAN DIEGO — A San Diego church has sued county health officials in federal court, accusing them of violating its First Amendment rights by banning in-person church services due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In an April 9 complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, Abiding Place Ministries says the ban places a limit on the free exercise of religion, which is protected under the Constitution.

However, the District Court on April 10 denied the church’s motion for a temporary restraining order enjoining county officials from enforcing the stay-at-home orders.

The San Diego County Health ...

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