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Calvary Chapel Dayton Valley v. Sisolak

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, Dec 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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ABOUT David Cortman

David A. Cortman serves as senior counsel and vice president of U.S. litigation with Alliance Defending Freedom. Cortman heads all direct litigation efforts to protect religious freedom, the sanctity of human life, and marriage and the family. He has successfully litigated over 200 cases at every level, including recent victories at the U.S. Supreme Court and federal courts of appeal. A member of the bar in Georgia, Florida, Arizona, and the District of Columbia, he is also admitted to practice in over two dozen federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court. Cortman obtained his J.D. magna cum laude from Regent University School of Law.