Baltimore County Faces Federal Lawsuits Alleging Religious Discrimination in Zoning Cases

Baltimore County government is facing a pair of federal lawsuits alleging religious discrimination after it denied proposals for two new houses of worship — a Baptist church in Hunt Valley and a synagogue in Pikesville.

Hunt Valley Baptist Church and the Congregation ARIEL Russian Community Synagogue each claim violations of the Constitution and a 2000 federal law written to protect religious institutions from discrimination in zoning.