US Supreme Court Steps in After Months of California Discrimination Against Churches

People gather at the Mount Davidson Cross in San Francisco, Sunday, April 12, 2020. Mount Davidson's annual Easter Sunrise Service was canceled for San Francisco's shelter in place orders over coronavirus concerns. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

People gather at the Mount Davidson Cross in San Francisco, Sunday, April 12, 2020. Mount Davidson’s annual Easter Sunrise Service was canceled for San Francisco’s shelter in place orders over coronavirus concerns. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

The US Supreme Court took action Thursday in a move that’s giving new hope to churches and pastors in California who haven’t been able to meet due to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s efforts to block church gatherings.

The high court tossed a lower federal court ruling that had denied California churches a chance to make their case. 

It comes after the Supreme Court recently ruled that New York state violated the First Amendment rights of churches and synagogues. This latest move now forces the lower court to follow the New York ruling as it reexamines California’s harsh coronavirus restrictions against religious services.

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The US Supreme Court took action Thursday in a move that’s giving new hope to churches and pastors in California who haven’t been able to meet due to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s efforts to block church gatherings.

The high court tossed a lower federal court ruling that had denied California churches a chance to make their case. 

It comes after the Supreme Court recently ruled that New York state violated the First Amendment rights of churches and synagogues. This latest move now forces the lower court to follow the New York ruling as it reexamines California’s harsh coronavirus restrictions against religious services.

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