The Supreme Court sided with New York religious institutions late Wednesday night and struck down Governor Andrew Cuomo’s new COVID-19 restrictions on religious gatherings.
In a 5-4 decision, the court ruled that Cuomo’s executive order violated the First Amendment’s “free exercise” clause and actively discriminated against religious institutions.
Justice Amy Coney Barrett sided with her conservative colleagues in the dispute, while Chief Justice John Roberts joined the three liberal justices in dissent.
In his concurring opinion, Justice Neil Gorsuch took issue with Governor Cuomo imposing stricter limits on religious institutions than on many businesses and organizations the state deemed essential.
Justice Gorsuch stated “It is time—past time—to make plain that, while the pandemic poses many grave challenges, there is no world in which the Constitution tolerates color-coded executive edicts that reopen liquor stores and bike shops but shutter churches, synagogues, and mosques.”
The court stated that there’s no evidence that the religious institutions that brought the lawsuit have contributed to the spread of COVID-19.
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