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Judge Issues Stay Against Vaccine Mandate for Navy Seals Seeking Religious Exemption

The judge said ‘there is no military exclusion from our Constitution’
Judge issues stay against vaccine mandate for Navy SEALs seeking religious exemption
In December, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and several of his fellow Republicans in Congress signed an amicus brief in support of the lawsuit. (Jonathan Newton/Pool via REUTERS)

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A federal judge granted a temporary injunction Monday against a federal vaccine mandate for Navy SEALs, who sued President Biden because they were seeking a religious exemption.

Judge Reed O'Connor, the U.S. District Court Judge for the Northern District of Texas, issued the stay in response to a lawsuit filed by First Liberty Institute in November on behalf of 35 active-duty SEALs and three reservists seeking a religious exemption, as first reported by Fox News Digital.

"The Navy service members in this case seek to vindicate the very freedoms they have sacrificed so much to protect. The COVID-19 pandemic provides the government no license to abrogate those freedoms. There is no COVID-19 exception to the First Amendment," O'Connor wrote in his ruling. "There is no military exclusion from our Constitution."

The SEALs represented in the lawsuit were all members of various Christian denominations and objected to the vaccine mandate based on "their sincerely held religious beliefs," claiming the military was violating their constitutional rights.

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