A local congregation won a preliminary injunction in federal court that stops the City of Holly Springs, Miss., from enforcing a zoning ordinance that discriminates against churches and other religious groups. The U.S. Court of Appeals in New Orleans reversed the decision of a federal district court in Mississippi.
The city's inequitable zoning law requires religious groups to secure approval for any building expansion from the mayor and from 60 percent of nearby property owners. These requirements apply to religious groups only.
The appeals court's decision was based on the federal Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) and the Free Exercise Clause of the U.S. Constitution. The court concluded that the congregation had "demonstrated that it will suffer irreparable harm absent the injunction it seeks."
Read The Sun Herald (Miss.) story here.
Read the Liberty Institute's press release here.
Read The Sacramento Bee story here.