Andrew Cuomo significantly revised a social distancing order on Friday, after the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) had accused him of unconstitutionally protecting religious services over other types of gatherings amid the coronavirus outbreak.
The controversy touched on a nationwide debate about how to best balance civil liberties with public health during the coronavirus pandemic.
“The discrimination that has been occurring against churches and houses of worship has been shocking,” First Liberty President Kelly Shackelford said in a statement.
On Friday, President Trump said that his administration would clarify that houses of worship are "essential" during the crisis.
Asked what authority Trump might have to supersede governors, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said she wouldn’t answer a theoretical question.