Tulsi Gabbard Bucks Party, Supports SCOTUS Decision That Reined In Andrew Cuomo

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Democratic Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard broke with many in her party when she voiced support Monday for the Supreme Court decision that reined in Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s coronavirus restrictions.

Gabbard explained that the court’s 5-4 ruling, which barred Cuomo from imposing specific capacity limits on churches and synagogues, was a move in favor of religious liberty. (RELATED: ‘Since You’re Giving Pardons To People’: Tulsi Gabbard Has A Shortlist Of Names For Trump)

“I strongly support this Supreme Court ruling defending our First Amendment/freedom of religion. While COVID may temporarily require certain public health restrictions, houses of worship MUST be treated same as secular institutions—not more harshly/strictly,” Gabbard tweeted.

Following the ruling, Cuomo called the court’s decision “irrelevant” because the churches and synagogues named in the lawsuit were no longer in zones subject to the additional restrictions. (RELATED: Supreme Court Orders Gov Cuomo To End COVID-19 Restrictions That Discriminate Against Churches, Synagogues)

Cuomo went on to say that the court’s decision only served as proof that the court had a conservative bias.

Critics of the decision blamed the newly-seated Justice Amy Coney Barrett to the point that #AmyCovidBarrett trended on Twitter the day after the decision.