BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Pastor Tony Spell of Life Tabernacle Church in Central won the battle against Governor John Bel Edwards.

The Lousiana Supreme Court ruled in favor of Tony Spell, who continued to hold large church gatherings during the pandemic lockdown.

Spell and the people of his church call it “a day of celebration.”

The justices overruled the lower court and decided to “quash” his charges. Spell was arrested and booked into the parish prison for violating the COVID-19 restrictions around 27 months ago.

Spell proudly says, “God Bless America, the First Amendment still stands and the word of God stands forever.”

The court decided that Governor Edwards’ protocol was unconstitutional.

“The right to go to church is valid, the right to go to church is inalienable, that means that the governor did not give us that right, therefore, that right, the governor cannot take that right from us,” said Spell.

Governor Edwards’ office reacted to the ruling saying they disagree but respect the court’s decision.

“Each and every action Gov. Edwards took throughout the COVID pandemic was done with the goal of protecting the public’s health and saving lives,” said the governor in his statement.

Spell and his team says they are trying to figure out a plan for tackling their next battle.

“We’re going to put our heads together as to how we’re going to go after King Edwards, we’re going to hit them where they… where they really count and that’s in the pocketbook,” said Spell.

This case is still ongoing and moving forward within the federal court system.