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Lawsuit Filed over Kentucky Governor's Easter Sunday Order

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Three Kentucky residents have filed a federal lawsuit accusing the governor and others of violating their religious freedom during the coronavirus pandemic. 

The group is suing over restrictions placed on Easter Sunday worship services.

The lawsuit was filed against Governor Andy Beshear, Boone County Attorney Robert Neace, and Eric Friedlander who is the acting secretary of the state Cabinet for Health and Family Services. 

The plaintiffs attended Easter services as Maryville Baptist Church near Louisville.  The church disregarded Beshear’s order against mass gatherings during the coronavirus outbreak.  During the service, Kentucky State Police recorded license plate numbers and issued notices on the cars of worshippers, stating they were required to self-quarantine for 14 days. 

The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Covington and seeks class-action status.  The plaintiffs want the COVID-19 orders declared unconstitutional. 

This is the second lawsuit stemming from the coronavirus pandemic to come out of northern Kentucky.  A Campbell County woman is suing Governor Beshear and Attorney General Daniel Cameron over a ban on travel outside of the state. 

More than 100 people in the commonwealth have contracted COVID-19 and died.

Lisa is a Scottsville native and WKU alum. She has worked in radio as a news reporter and anchor for 18 years. Prior to joining WKU Public Radio, she most recently worked at WHAS in Louisville and WLAC in Nashville. She has received numerous awards from the Associated Press, including Best Reporter in Kentucky. Many of her stories have been heard on NPR.
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