By: Konrad Holden
California Governor Gavin Newsom (D-CA) has settled with Harvest Rock Church for $1.35M after a year-long lawsuit. The $1.35M will pay for the church’s attorney costs and fees related to the lawsuit.
In February, the Harvest Rock Church’s lawsuit against the California worship restrictions reached the Supreme Court. The court decided that Newsom’s outright ban on religious gatherings violated the U.S. Constitution.
Now, Governor Gavin Newsom (D-CA) has been ordered to pay $1.35 million for the church’s attorney fees and costs related to the lawsuit.
The order also permanently bars the Governor from placing discriminatory bans on religious worship in the state during a health emergency.
The church was represented by Mat Staver, the founder of the Liberty Counsel, which is focused on “advancing religious freedom, the sanctity of human life, and the family through strategic litigation.”
Staver said that this settlement would “close this chapter” of health emergency lockdowns statewide and “never repeat it again.”
Rev. Ché Ahn, the founder of Harvest Rock Church in Pasadena, said he is “thrilled to see the complete reversal of the last discriminatory restrictions against churches in California.”
“Gov. Newsom’s COVID restrictions intentionally discriminated against churches while providing preferential treatment to many secular businesses and gatherings.” - Mat Staver, Liberty Counsel