California Governor Gavin Newsom imposed some of the harshest lockdowns in the country starting in March 2020. Those restrictions have continued to this day.
Fortunately, some people are fighting back. For example, the leadership of Harvest Rock Church. They filed a lawsuit against Newsom because of the ongoing restrictions placed on houses of worship.
The good news: THEY WON THE LAWSUIT.
The governor has also been ordered to pay $1.35 million to reimburse attorney’s fees and costs. Newsweek reports:
On Monday, a California District Court entered an order approving Liberty Counsel’s settlement of the lawsuit on behalf of Pasadena’s Harvest Rock Church and Harvest International Ministry against the California governor.
Under the settlement, the state of California may no longer impose discriminatory restrictions upon any houses of worship. It’s the first statewide permanent injunction in the country against COVID restrictions on churches and places of worship. The governor must also pay Liberty Counsel $1,350,000 in reimbursement of attorney’s fees and costs.
“Governor Gavin Newsom’s COVID restrictions intentionally discriminated against churches while providing preferential treatment to many secular businesses and gatherings. The Supreme Court intervened multiple times to provide relief. California may never again place discriminatory restrictions on churches and places of worship,” Liberty Counsel Founder and Chairman Mat Staver said.Newsweek
The real win here is that every church in California can open in the same manner that big box retailers can. And the state of California can NEVER place discriminatory restrictions on churches again.
In other words, if big box retailers are allowed to remain open, then churches must be allowed to remain open as well.
Newsom’s $1.35 million fine is just icing on the cake.