A Baptist church in Washington, DC, has sued Mayor Muriel Bowser, alleging she has discriminated against churchgoers by endorsing and attending mass protests while refusing to lift restrictions on outdoor religious services.

Capitol Hill Baptist Church (CHBC), a leading Baptist congregation in DC, filed a lawsuit on Tuesday, naming Bowser, known for her vocal support of the Black Lives Matter protests, and the District of Columbia as plaintiffs.

In its complaint, the church says that it “takes no issue” with the DC officials’ decision to greenlight mass BLM rallies, since they are “themselves protected by the First Amendment,” but “takes exception to Defendants’ decision to favor certain expressive gatherings over others.”



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