Here are some important law-and-religion news stories from around the web:
- A federal district judge in California rejected a constitutional challenge to Riverside County’s prohibition against in-person religious services, finding that the COVID-19 emergency warranted safeguards “to contain the virus,” including disallowing in-person gatherings for religious purposes.
- A federal district judge in Mississippi ruled that the First Pentecostal Church of Holly Springs can stay open for drive-in services after police issued the pastor a citation for holding Easter services amid the coronavirus outbreak.
- A Virginia pastor, who was served a summons for holding a sixteen-person service on Palm Sunday, and his church have sued Gov. Northam (D) over an executive order banning religious gatherings with more than ten people, saying it violates the Virginia Constitution.
- In the face of the global COVID-19 pandemic, Muslims are preparing for an isolated and solitary Ramadan, with millions cooped up at home under social lockdown and mosques shuttered.
- Gov. Beshear (D) of Kentucky vetoed legislation that would have given the state’s anti-abortion attorney general new authority to regulate abortion clinics.
- Gov. Kelly (D) of Kansas has reached a settlement with two churches that sued over executive orders that limited the size of religious gatherings amid the coronavirus pandemic.