Churches are now able to hold services in the civic center of a South Carolina town.
A lawsuit filed by Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) attorneys last year on behalf of Redeemer Fellowship has prompted the town of Edisto Beach to lift its ban against worship services at the town's civic center.
Edisto Beach, known for its popular beaches, is an affluent community with a population of approximately 400 residents.
ADF attorney Christiana Holcomb says the city policy “clearly violates” the First Amendment because city government was discriminating against religious speech and religious worship.
The ADF lawsuit, she says, asked the court to require Edisto Beach to treat the church equally.
"For whatever reason,” the attorney tells OneNewsNow, “local governments seem to think that they can discriminate against churches and against religious worship and get away with it, and that's simply not the case.”
The U.S. Department of Justice filed an official statement in support of the church, which Holcomb says was welcomed by ADF.