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Nevada urges US Supreme Court to deny church’s virus appeal

RENO, Nev. (AP) -- Nevada's lawyers urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday to reject a rural church's appeal to the state's 50-person cap on attendance at worship services. The lawyers claim the church's assertion that the restriction infringes on the constitutional right to exercise religious beliefs is false, arguing that protecting Nevadans against the spread of the coronavirus weighs "heavily against injunctive relief."

Nevada defends church attendance cap in U.S. appeals court

RENO, Nev. (AP) -- Lawyers for the state of Nevada say the 50-person cap placed on worship services due to the coronavirus doesn't infringe on constitutional protections of religious freedom because it doesn't target anyone's ideology or opinion. "The right to practice religion freely does not include liberty to expose the community ... to communicable disease," the state argued in documents filed this week in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.

Church renewing challenge to Nevada’s COVID-19 attendance cap

RENO, Nev. (AP) -- A rural Nevada Baptist church is trying to renew its unsuccessful bid to strike down the state's 50-person cap on religious gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic. The state's failure to enforce social-distancing guidelines in voter lines during the June 9 primary election was further proof churches are being singled out in violation of the U.S. Constitution, Calvary Chapel Dayton Valley contends.