D.C. to Pay $220,000 for Church’s Legal Fees after Banning Services: Members Are ‘Relieved and Grateful’

Nine months after losing in federal court, the city of Washington D.C. has agreed to pay more than $200,000 in legal fees for a church that sued over restrictions on religious gatherings.

Capitol Hill Baptist Church (CHBC) sued the city last year over rules that banned religious gatherings larger than 100 individuals, even if such services were held outside. The city denied the church’s request to meet outside even though church officials pledged to practice social distancing and use masks.

In October, District Judge Trevor McFadden sided with the congregation, ruling in an injunction that the restrictions “substantially burden the Church’s exercise of religion.”

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Source: Christian Headlines