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In 2020, the State of Georgia, violated our First Amendment rights when Gov. Brian Kemp issued a Shelter-in-Place Order with no exception for our right to protest government.

The lawsuit, Cardinale v. State of Georgia, seeks for the court to declare that, in doing so, the State of Georgia violated the Federal Constitution.

Matthew Charles Cardinale is representing himself pro se, after a long line of successful lawsuits.

This lawsuit seeks to raise money for the litigation expenses.

If you believe our First Amendment, which secures our God-given rights, is worthy of a vigorous legal defense…

If unlike Governor Brian Kemp, you believe that our voices are no less important during a pandemic…

If you are not willing to stay at home and shut up while the Government takes care of everything…

Across the country, several religious congregations have brought successful litigation regarding various restrictions on freedom of assembly for the purpose of religion.

This lawsuit is unique for its focus on freedom of assembly for the purpose of protest of government.


A prior version of this lawsuit was filed in 2020 that named Brian Kemp, the Gov. of Georgia, as the Defendant.  After the voters amended the Georgia Constitution in Nov. 2020 to waive sovereign immunity for declaratory judgment actions in state court against the State of Georgia, Cardinale re-filed the lawsuit, properly naming the State of Georgia as the new defendant.

The lawsuit was dismissed in Fulton County Superior Court for mootness, and is now on direct appeal to the Supreme Court of Georgia on the question of whether it was properly dismissed for mootness.  Cardinale argues the case is not moot because shelter-in-place orders are likely to recur, falling under the public interest exception to the mootness doctrine and the “capable of repetition yet evading review” doctrine.