Calvary Chapel Dayton Valley v. Sisolak

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Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Description:  A provision of Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak’s COVID-19 executive order unconstitutionally treats religious congregations different from many secular gatherings.


Appeals court strikes down NV governor’s rule treating churches worse than casinos


Tuesday, December 15, 2020

The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel and Vice President of U.S. Litigation David Cortman regarding the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit’s decision striking down Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak’s coronavirus restrictions that treat churches more harshly than other venues, such as casinos:

“This is a significant win. There is no constitutional right to gamble, but there is one that protects attending worship services. The government has a duty to respect the First Amendment, so it can’t single out churches for harsher treatment than secular activities. Today, the 9th Circuit made clear that, at a minimum, Calvary Chapel Dayton Valley can’t be treated more harshly than Nevada’s casinos, bowling alleys, retail businesses, restaurants, and arcades. Such disparate treatment is both illogical and unconstitutional.”
 
 
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Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Previous news releases:

  • 2020-12-07: ADF to 9th Circuit: Strike down NV governor’s rule treating churches worse than casinos
  • 2020-11-05: ADF asks US Supreme Court to strike down NV governor’s rule treating churches worse than casinos
  • 2020-09-30: NV governor’s new COVID-19 guidance still treats churches worse than casinos
  • 2020-07-25: US Supreme Court declines to halt NV governor’s rules that treat churches worse than casinos
  • 2020-07-08: US Supreme Court asked to halt NV governor’s rules that treat churches worse than casinos
  • 2020-06-21: NV church appeals decision that allows governor to treat churches worse than casinos
  • 2020-06-05: Under Nevada governor’s new rules, more people can play slots than gather for worship
  • 2020-05-22: Nevada governor: People can gather in restaurants, stores, salons, but not in churches

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