Gish v. Newsom

The religious liberties guaranteed by our Constitution are not negotiable. We must stand together against Governor Newsom’s abuse of power and the suppression of religious freedom in California.


— Harmeet Dhillon
CEO | Center for American Liberty

On April 13, 2020, Dhillon Law Group, in conjunction with the Center for American Liberty, filed a First Amendment lawsuit in Federal Court challenging the Governor’s criminalization of the free exercise of religion. The following day, a preliminary injunction seeking immediate relief for our clients was also filed. Dhillon Law Group represents two pastors in Riverside County, one pastor in San Bernardino County, and one church member in San Bernardino County.

“The restrictions placed upon our clients are completely discriminatory and arbitrary,” said Harmeet Dhillon, Chief Executive Officer for the Center for American Liberty. “The Constitution doesn’t allow for state officials to treat churches, mosques, synagogues, and temples as second-class ‘non-essential’ organizations.”

“Marijuana dispensaries, liquor stores, fast food restaurants, laundromats, and numerous other businesses are allowed to operate provided social distancing standards are satisfied. The same should be true of houses of worship,” said Dhillon.

“Without immediate judicial intervention, our clients will suffer irreparable harm,” concluded Dhillon.

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Appellants’ Opening Brief


Order Denying TRO

Ruling Against TRO

Reply Brief

Gish Reply Brief

Governor’s TRO Response

20200417_Gish_Def_TRO_Response (1)

Riverside County TRO REsponse

Riverside County TRO Response

San Bernardino County TRO REsponse

San Bernardino County TRO Response

Verified Complaint Letter


Plaintiffs’ Application for TRO


Demand Letter to San Bernardino County


Demand Letter to Riverside County


Granting Defendants’ Motion to Dismiss

2020.07.08_Gish_Order Granting Defendants’ Motion to Dismiss

Motion for Reconsideration

2020.08.17_Gish_Motion for Reconsideration

Opposition to Plaintiffs’ Motion for Reconsideration

2020.09.10_Gish_Opposition to Plaintiffs Motion for Reconsideration

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