DOVER, DE (AP) – Two Delaware pastors are seeking a court order prohibiting Gov. John Carney and his successors from exercising emergency powers that would restrict religious gatherings and practices. Twin lawsuits filed Wednesday also seek a declaration that Carney’s previous COVID-19 restrictions on religious practices were unconstitutional. The lawsuits aim to prevent any prohibitions on in-person religious worship, including restrictions on preaching, singing, or attendance based on age or health. The complaints were filed a little more than a year after the settlement of a federal lawsuit in which another pastor had challenged Carney’s coronavirus restrictions as unconstitutional.

GOV. JOHN CARNEY