Commonwealth Policy Center

It’s been nearly a year since Californians have been able to legally gather for in-person church services. Gov. Gavin Newsom restricted churches because they could be super-spreaders of COVID-19. But California was more restrictive to churches than businesses and according to a recent ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court, this outright ban was unconstitutional. A majority of the Court acknowledged the state has an interest in preserving public health, yet they ruled that California unequally applied the ban and “openly imposed more stringent regulations on religious institutions than on many businesses.” And this is good news for all who believe in the First Amendment guarantee of freedom of religion and equal application of the law.