Press Releases

Oregon Governor Lifts Restrictions on Religious Freedom

21 Dec, 2020

SALEM, Ore. – Churches across Oregon will no longer face civil or criminal penalties for hosting gatherings that exceed numerical restrictions aimed at limiting the spread of COVID-19. On Dec. 18, one day after Governor Kate Brown extended Oregon’s current … Read More

BREAKING: LA County’s New Stay-at-Home Order Exempts Churches

1 Dec, 2020

Los Angeles, CA—Los Angeles County issued a new stay-at-home order taking effect today that clearly protects faith-based services from being shut down. The County’s Department of Public Health once again prohibits all public and private gatherings and events with individuals … Read More

Supreme Court Blocks NY Governor’s Orders As Unequal Treatment of Places of Worship

26 Nov, 2020

San Jose, CA— On Wednesday night, the United States Supreme Court in a 5-to-4 decision granted an emergency restraining order of New York Governor’s recent mandate severely limiting religious gatherings.  Using a color tier system, the Governor’s order placed houses … Read More

PJI Protects Small-Town Church From Dangers of Adult Business Next Door

10 Aug, 2020

Salem, OR—Pacific Justice Institute (PJI) helped enact a local ordinance that prohibits adult entertainment businesses from locating near places where children congregate.    Non-profit legal organization, PJI acted on behalf of Gateway Family Fellowship, a Church of the Nazarene, which … Read More

Court: City Can Exclude Churches While Favoring Theaters and Entertainment

16 Jun, 2020

Salinas, CA – A federal court in the San Francisco Bay Area has determined that churches do not contribute to a vibrant and fun atmosphere and therefore may be excluded from Salinas’ downtown area.   A church’s building use was … Read More

PJI Challenges Unequal Treatment of Washington State Churches

5 Jun, 2020

Benton County, WA – Two churches in Washington State, one in Benton County and the other in King County, filed a lawsuit today in Benton County Superior Court to challenge the unequal treatment of churches by Gov. Jay Inslee and state … Read More

Church Sues for Equal Treatment with Graduation Ceremonies

29 May, 2020

Oakland, CA – A church in the San Francisco Bay Area filed a lawsuit yesterday in federal court challenging the unequal treatment of churches by Alameda County public health officials. Christian Cathedral in Oakland, California, brought the legal challenge after … Read More

Portland Settles Federal Free Speech Case With Evangelist

28 May, 2020

PORTLAND, OR – The Pacific Justice Institute has successfully negotiated a settlement of street evangelist Mark Mayberry’s federal lawsuit against the City of Portland. The Portland City Council approved the $50,000 settlement on Wednesday in a meeting held via video conferencing … Read More

PJI GOES COAST TO COAST: New Office Defending Churches and Believers in NY and NJ

27 May, 2020

White Plains, NY– With many churches on the East Coast flooding Pacific Justice Institute (PJI) for counsel and possible defense, PJI is pleased to announce the opening of its first office on the East Coast.     New office, based … Read More

PJI sues Governor Newsom, challenges unconstitutional treatment of churches

21 May, 2020

Sacramento, CA — Today, Pacific Justice Institute (PJI) filed a federal lawsuit against California Gov. Gavin Newsom on behalf of two churches in Calaveras County that desire to receive equal treatment, as other institutions such as schools are permitted by the … Read More