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Federal Judges Again Say ‘No’ to Cuomo’s Limits on Church Attendance

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Federal Judges Again Say ‘No’ to Cuomo’s Limits on Church Attendance

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo lost another round in federal court when a three-judge panel from the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals vacated a lower court’s prior decision favoring the New York Democrat’s severe limits on worship gatherings. In a highly unusual Jan. 5 ruling, the judges rejected an injunction against the limits sought by Catholic priest Steven Soos, but at the same time remanded the case to the lower federal district court. The lower court was instructed to reconsider its prior decision upholding Cuomo’s directive in light of the Supreme Court’s Nov. 25, 2020, ruling in Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn v. Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of New York. The High Court said in that ruling that religious groups must not be subjected to more severe restrictions than other entities such as grocery stores, gyms, bars, and casinos. Officials proposing such restrictions must demonstrate a “compelling state interest” requiring the regulation …

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