Vintage Church in Metairie filed an appeal Friday in a case challenging the enforcement of a Jefferson Parish noise ordinance.
The church, which has been holding services in a tent while its Rayne Street building is being expanded, claims the ordinance is being arbitrarily enforced and sets unreasonably low sound limits.
It sued the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office last year, claiming that deputies’ visits and a criminal summons stemming from neighbors’ complaints about loud music amounted to an infringement on religious freedom.
Judge Adrian Adams, of 24th Judicial District Court, refused the church’s request for an injunction to prevent the Sheriff’s Office from enforcing the noise ordinance.
The suit, which now goes to Louisiana’s 5th Circuit Court of Appeal, is believed to be the first challenge under a 2010 state law seeking to protect religious freedom.
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