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Supreme Court Rules For Worshippers And Against California COVID Restrictions

Added 04-10-21 03:07:02am EST - “The court's unsigned order came on a 5-to-4 vote, preventing the state from enforcing a rule that limits at-home gatherings to no more than three households.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “Supreme Court Rules For Worshippers And Against California COVID Restrictions”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The US Supreme Court is seen in Washington, DC, on January 31, 2017. Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

For the fifth time, the U.S. Supreme Court has sided with religious adherents and against California's COVID-19 restrictions. This time, the court barred the state from enforcing a rule that for now limits both religious and non-religious gatherings in homes to no more than three households.

The court's unsigned order came on a 5-to-4 vote. Chief Justice John Roberts cast his lot with the dissenters, but failed to join their opinion. He noted simply that he would have left the lower court order in tact.

A panel of the Ninth Circuit Court Of Appeals ruled that because the state treated both secular and non-secular groups alike when it came to home gatherings, the state restriction was constitutional. The appeals court panel declined to temporarily block its own order pending appeal.

But even as home worshippers appealed to the Supreme Court, the state said it was in the process of modifying its rules as part of its ongoing process of easing restrictions by April 15.

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