Chief Justice Roberts joined the the liberals in the Supreme Court against a California church challenging Governor Newsom’s lockdown orders.

In a 5-4 vote late on Friday, Roberts broke from other conservative justices to rule in favor of the state. The case was brought by the South Bay United Pentecostal Church in Chula Vista, which said Newsom’s stay-at-home order violated religious freedoms.

Robers wrote in his opinion on the ruling that because restrictions are also in place for other non-religious public gatherings like movie theaters and shopping malls, religious liberty is not threatened.



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