Calvary Chapel Dayton Valley v. Sisolak

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Wednesday, September 30, 2020

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

NV governor’s new COVID-19 guidance still treats churches worse than casinos

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel and Vice President of U.S. Litigation David Cortman regarding Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak’s new guidance that allows churches to hold gatherings of 250 people or 50% capacity, whichever is less, while still allowing casinos to operate at 50% capacity without a hard cap on the number of casino goers:

“The First Amendment requires churches not be treated like second-class citizens. Even with the governor’s new order allowing churches to gather in greater numbers, the problem remains: There is still a hard cap on churches at 250 people. Casino patrons can still stream into Nevada’s gambling establishments at 50 percent capacity without the hard cap imposed on churches. The governor should adjust his policies to comply with the Constitution. There is no constitutional right to gamble, but there is one that protects religious Americans. We look forward to the day when, by the governor’s order or a court order, church gatherings are, at a minimum, treated equally to other gatherings.”

ADF attorneys represent a Nevada church in Calvary Chapel Dayton Valley v. Sisolak, which challenges the governor’s unconstitutional treatment of churches. The case is currently pending before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.

Alliance Defending Freedom is an alliance-building, non-profit legal organization that advocates for the right of people to freely live out their faith.
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Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Previous news releases:

  • 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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