In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court has ruled against California Governor Gavin Newsom’s limits on in-home religious gatherings.
This overturned a lower court ruling that upheld Gov. Gavin Newsom’s limits on people from different homes.
Chief Justice John Roberts dissented with liberal justices Elena Kagan, Sonia Sotomayor and Stephen Breyer but did not sign the dissenting statement.
The majority opinion states California “treats some comparable secular activities more favorably than at-home religious exercise, permitting hair salons, retail stores, personal care services, movie theaters, private suites at sporting events and concerts and indoor dining at restaurants to bring together more than three households at a time.”
The statement adds that the state can’t “assume the worst when people go to worship but assume the best when people go to work.”
Justice Elena Kagan wrote in the dissenting opinion “the law does not require that the State equally treat apples and watermelons,” arguing in-home gatherings shouldn’t be compared to businesses.