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  • Writer's pictureD. Brit

Supreme Court Sides With Religious Groups Over COVID Restrictions in NY

Updated: Nov 27, 2020

What Happened:

  • Late Wednesday Evening, the Supreme Court sided with religious organizations in a case regarding COVID-19 restrictions in New York which limited the number of people allowed to attend religious services.

  • The ruling of 5-4 shows the impact Justice Barrett‘s appointment has had on the court. All of the conservative justices voted together while Chief Justice Roberts sided with the liberal justices.

  • The case is the latest in which religious organizations challenge the restrictions imposed by state officials seeking to limit the spread of COVID-19.

  • Similar cases from CA and NV were presented before the court earlier this year, but both of those cases were ruled on behalf of the states. With the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Barrett’s appointment, the court now has a clear shift to the right.

  • In the final ruling, the court majority agreed that the restrictions violated the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment and that the regulations imposed on houses of worship were more restrictive than those imposed on comparable secular facilities.

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