Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Oregon Governor Kate Brown has put certain restrictions on religious gatherings.
It’s a problem we have seen in many other states as well.
In Oregon, a judge just ruled against the restrictions, declaring them null and void.
Oregon Live reports:
A Baker County judge on Monday ruled that Gov. Kate Brown’s restrictions on religious gatherings as well as her other “Stay Home Save Lives” coronavirus orders are “null and void” because they exceed a 28-day limit — potentially throwing statewide pandemic response plans into disarray.
Less than three hours later, the governor’s office appealed to the state Supreme Court to keep her emergency orders in effect.
“This will ensure we can continue to safeguard the health of all Oregonians — including frontline health care workers, those living in nursing homes, workers in agriculture and food processing plants, and Oregonians with underlying health conditions –– while the legal process moves forward,“ Brown said in a statement.
Circuit Judge Matthew B. Shirtcliff granted a preliminary injunction to 10 churches that had sued the governor, finding they had shown “irreparable harm” from the deprivation of the right to freely exercise their religions.
“The governor’s orders are not required for public safety when plaintiffs can continue to utilize social distancing and safety protocols at larger gatherings involving spiritual worship,” he ruled.
This is great news for people in Oregon who are tired of having their rights trampled.
Read the Oregon Constitution and you will see it limits the time period that a governor can suspend civil rights due to a declared state of emergency. Our constitution protects against abuse of power. Now the OR Supreme Court will decide if ORS 401.165 usurps the constitution.
— OGAF (@OrganicAgroMan) May 18, 2020
h/t American Lookout