Once again the “conservative: Chief Justice John Roberts, a George W. Bush appointee, sided with the three Democratic appointees…
Before the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the nation’s high court appeared to side with authorities on pandemic gathering restriction questions.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday issued an order blocking California from enforcing restrictions on in-home religious gatherings, including prayer meetings and Bible studies.
California’s rule that limits at-home religious gatherings to three households violates the First Amendment’s protection of religious exercise, the court ruled in a 5-4 unsigned order chiding the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for its failure to grant an injunction.
Forming the majority were Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett. The latter three are appointees of former President Donald Trump.
The court’s liberal Justices [Chief Justice John Roberts], Elena Kagan, Sonia Sotomayor and Stephen Breyer dissented.
[A]lthough California officials changed the challenged policy shortly after this application was filed, the previous restrictions remain in place until April 15th, and officials with a track record of ‘moving the goalposts’ retain authority to reinstate those heightened restrictions at any time,” the Supreme Court order stated.