“Although Gov. Mills suspended the worst of her unconstitutional orders on May 24, 2021, her own public health officials’ statements are raising concerns over the Delta variant of the coronavirus and its potential to impact Maine,” the lawyers wrote. In the petition, Calvary Chapel’s lawyers object to restrictions put forward by Democratic Gov. Janet Mills that they say are discriminatory and unconstitutional. The lawyers also argued that the church remains “under constant threat” that the governor will reinstate restrictions that have already been lifted because of the Delta variant.
The justices are likely to ask the state for its response sometime next week. At least 10 times during pandemic, the Supreme Court has entertained similar requests. Since the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the justices have often sided with houses of worship in similar disputes.
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