The governor of Oregon is being taken to court by churches over her order that's meant to combat the spread of COVID-19.
Governor Kate Brown has unconstitutionally extended an executive order that basically shuts down businesses and churches throughout Oregon. That's according to Brad Dacus, attorney and president of Pacific Justice Institute, which filed the lawsuit against the Democratic governor on behalf of many churches in the state.
Dacus explains that "the state constitution clearly limits an executive order in times of emergency to 60 days, after which there must be a three-fifths majority vote in both [state] legislative houses … for the Oregon governor to be able to extend those executive orders."
But, says Dacus, that never happened. "And that is why we … are now going to bat aggressively for the churches and businesses throughout the state of Oregon impacted by what we allege to be a violation of the state constitution," he tells OneNewsNow.
PJI, along with Common Sense Oregon, also filed a motion for a temporary restraining order in hopes of quickly lifting restrictions that "stifle the free exercise of religion throughout Oregon."
The lawsuit is filed in Baker County near the Idaho border. The lead plaintiff in the case is Elkhorn Baptist Church in Baker City, Oregon – which is located in one of four Oregon counties that have no coronavirus cases or deaths. Approximately 30 other plaintiffs from across the state have signed on to the lawsuit.
In image above, people hold signs protesting Oregon Gov. Kate Brown's executive order that shut down much of the state's economy and imposed social distancing, in her effort to stem the spread of the coronavirus, rally outside the Oregon State Capitol in Salem, Ore., on Saturday, May 2, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)