The state of California has reached settlements in two cases that challenged restrictions on religious gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic and will pay over $2 million in legal fees to two churches, according to a report.
The Golden State has also agreed that any restrictions it orders for church gatherings won’t be greater than those it imposes on retail businesses, Fox News reported.
San Diego area South Bay United Pentecostal Church and Kern county Catholic priest Father Trevor Burfitt separately sued Gov. Gavin Newson for barring indoor religious gatherings while stores and public transit were able to operate at limited capacity, the outlet reported.
South Bay United’s case moved all the way up to the U.S. Supreme Court where it won in February with the court finding that the state violated the First Amendment, according to the report.
The decision prompted the state to lift limits on indoor religious gatherings in April, making the settlement largely moot. But, the