Judge says Navy violates rights of SEALs in denying religious waivers on vaccines
Machinist’ s Mate 1st Class Kayla Matos receives a COVID-19 booster shot during a shot event in the hangar bay aboard USS Abraham Lincoln on Dec. 28, 2021, in San Diego. - Seaman Lake Fultz/Petty Officer 3rd Class Lake Fultz/ U.S. Navy/TNS

SAN DIEGO — A U.S. District Court judge in Texas issued a temporary injunction Monday in one of the ongoing federal lawsuits brought by service members challenging the Pentagon's coronavirus vaccine mandate, preventing the service from disciplining 35 sailors for refusing the vaccine. The case, brought by religious-liberty-focused law firm the First Liberty Institute, includes 35 Naval Special Warfare sailors, several of whom are based in Southern California. San Diego is home to the Naval Special Warfare Command including several Navy SEAL teams, special warfare combat craft crewmen and explo...