April 14, 2020— Today, on behalf of its clients in Gish v. Newsom, the Center for American Liberty filed for a preliminary injunction seeking immediate relief for all plaintiffs. In coordination with the Dhillon Law Group, the Center for American Liberty represents two pastors in Riverside County, one pastor in San Bernardino County, and one church member in San Bernardino County.
Today’s filing comes one day after 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 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.