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Federal judge blocks Kansas limits on religious gatherings

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Posted at 10:37 PM, Apr 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-18 22:37:13-04

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A federal judge has blocked Kansas from limiting attendance at in-person religious worship services or activities to 10 or fewer congregation members to check the spread of the coronavirus.

The decision Saturday from U.S. District Judge John Broomes in Wichita signaled that he believes there’s a good chance the policy violates religious freedom and free speech rights.

Broomes' ruling prevents the enforcement of an order issued by Gov. Laura Kelly on April 7.

His decision will remain in effect until May 2.

He has a hearing set for Thursday in a lawsuit filed against Kelly by two churches and their pastors.