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DOJ backs Capitol Hill Baptist Church efforts to hold services in DC

The Department of Justice is siding with the Capitol Hill Baptist Church’s attempts to hold outdoor worship services in Washington, D.C.

The DOJ filed a statement of interest in the case contending the Constitution and federal law require the District of Columbia to allow the church to hold services outdoors, in the same way D.C. allows other types of outdoor First Amendment activities, including peaceful protests.

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The U.S. government argues in the brief that, “While a local government has significant discretion to decide what measures to adapt to meet a public health threat, the Free Exercise Clause of the Constitution requires that, whatever level of restriction it adopts, government must treat religious gatherings the same as comparable nonreligious gatherings.”

The statement of interest was filed in Capitol Hill Baptist Church v. Bowser, which challenges DC’s refusal to allow certain

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EU Court Backs Paris Regulations on Airbnb Rentals

The European Union’s top court backed a Parisian measure that regulates renting second homes on Airbnb. (iStock)

The European Union’s top court backed a Parisian measure that regulates renting second homes on Airbnb. (iStock)

The European Union’s top court ruled against two Parisian Airbnb hosts in a decision that could impact the short-term rental business’s operations throughout the continent.

The Court of Justice of the European Union ruled in favor of a Paris measure that requires property owners to get city approval to rent a second home on Airbnb, Reuters reported.

Parisian officials had fined two apartment owners for failing to secure those approvals. Airbnb was not a party to the case.
The issue went to a French court, which requested guidance on the issue. The CJEU said the measure was consistent with EU law and justified because it was “proportionate, limited in material and geographical scope, and doesn’t cover the rental of primary homes,” according to Reuters.

“Combating the long-term rental housing shortage constitutes an overriding

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