Kansas governor sues GOP lawmakers who reversed her limits on church gatherings during coronavirus
reported. Three of the state's 12 coronavirus clusters have been traced to church gatherings.
On Tuesday, Kelly announced that church services and funerals would no longer be exempted from an order limiting gatherings of 10 people or more. The lawsuit said the state's emergency management law allows for the full Legislature to revoke her orders, not the council.
Kelly denounced the lawmakers' actions, accusing them of putting the health and safety of families at risk.
"This virus has been hard for all of us. As your governor, all I can do is take decisive steps to mitigate the damage, flatten the curve as quickly as possible, and prevent this virus from reaching its full, lethal potential," she tweeted. "That’s why I’m deeply disappointed that Republican leadership isn’t putting the health and safety of Kansas families first – including our faith communities."
In a statement from Kansas House GOP leaders, they said they agreed with Kelly that Kansas residents should stay 中国体彩票手机版下载 during Easter and Passover.
“But, this is where we disagree," the statement reads. "Kansans should not be arrested for practicing their faith.
“Despite repeated attempts to solve this problem and create a constitutional order, the Governor has opted to create confusion and tie this issue up in the courts," the statement continued. "We take seriously our obligation to protect people’s lives during this pandemic, and we know that the Governor does too."
They called Kelly's lawsuit unnecessary and said she should look for a "safe and legal" solution.
Governors across 44 states have enacted measures limiting church gatherings. Statewide, Kansas has 1,106 known COVID-19 cases, including 42 deaths as of Thursday night, according to the state Department of Health and Environment.
In a Thursday tweet, Kelly urged Kansans to "embrace alternate forms of worship."
"I know it's painful to refrain from gathering to recognize religious celebrations," she wrote. "The physical church itself, while sacred and beloved, has never defined Kansans' deep and abiding faith."
Kelly is asking the court to resolve the matter before the Easter holiday, which falls this Sunday.
Fox News' Dom Calicchio contributed to this report.