CAMAS VALLEY, Ore. -- Plaintiffs in the lawsuit against Gov. Kate Brown’s COVID-19 restrictions are speaking out about the Oregon Supreme Court’s decision to side with the governor.
According to a statement, the court has ordered Baker County Judge Matthew Shirtcliff to vacate his ruling saying Brown's orders are "null and void."
Shirtcliff previously ruled that Brown’s executive order banning religious gatherings of more than 25 people was unconstitutional. The suit was brought by 10 churches across the state, including one in Roseburg.
Two pastors from Camas Valley Christian Fellowship were a part of the lawsuit since the beginning. They told KEZI 9 News that Friday’s ruling was frustrating, but not surprising.
“This is the process we have and we used it,” said Travis Hunt, lead pastor at Camas Valley Christian. "So the ruling is the ruling, and if they did it for unjust reasons, they’ll stand before the lord.”
Ronald Rust, another plaintiff and pastor at the church, said he believes a left-leaning political bias played a part in the ruling.
“We seemed to be stacked against the number of appointees by either the present governor or the last two,” said Rust.
However, Hunt said he has no regrets.
“We got to see America work the way it was built,” said Hunt. “We got to lay suit.”
Hunt said he’s looking forward and doing everything he can to make his church the best it can be, especially under phase two guidelines.
“Basically, we’re outside,” said Hunt. “People are bringing lawn chairs and staying at whatever distance they feel comfortable. We’re sharing the gospel and moving forward.”