Kentucky AG threatens lawsuit against Gov. Beshear for banning mass gatherings

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FRANKFORT, Ky (WEHT) Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron says Governor Andy Beshear’s executive order banning mass gatherings violates the first amendment.

Cameron says if Beshear does not immediately rescind the executive order, he will file a lawsuit against the governor.

On March 11, Gov. Beshear recommended all churches not hold services due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In a press conference Tuesday, Attorney General Cameron said faith-based groups have been mistreated as a result of the executive order.

“The First Amendment provides the citizens of this country with the specific, enumerated right to practice their religious beliefs, free from targeting and discrimination,” said Attorney General Cameron.  “By specifically banning faith-based mass gatherings while allowing other secular organizations and activities to continue operation, Gov. Beshear has deliberately targeted religious groups.  This pattern of targeting continued when the Governor ordered state police to track the license plates of those who attended a faith-based gathering on Easter Sunday, and it continues even this week as he allows some businesses to resume operations.”

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AG Cameron also said his office will continue to support two ongoing federal court cases that question the constitutionality of Gov. Beshear’s executive order.

Cameron has also filed a motion to realign himself as a plaintiff in a lawsuit against Beshear’s travel ban. In the suit, Cameron says, “the governor’s travel ban impermissibly violates the fundamental right of every Kentucky citizen to interstate travel.”

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(This story was originally published on April 28, 2020)

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