Hill letter: order to close churches “unconstitutional”

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill has weighed in on an order issued late last week by Allen County Health Commissioner Dr. Deborah McMahan.

In a letter to McMahan, which you can read below, Hill says the March 21st order that forbade in-person church gatherings of ten or more people, but also, as Hill pointed out, only “recommends” against other types of gatherings, amounts to “unconstitutional religious discrimination.”

Hill Letter to McMahan

The issue was brought to Hill’s attention by a letter from several local officials.

McMahan has revised her order and it has since expired:

“In hopes of protecting the health of the public and slowing the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 in the community, I issued an order intended to limit gatherings greater than 10 people in various situations,” said McMahan. “Because of the governor’s forward-thinking leadership seeking the same outcome, and in an effort to avoid any confusion on which order to follow, I am amending my order to expire Tuesday at 11:59 p.m.”

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