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Monks reach deal with city hall

Buddhist monks in Virginia Beach have settled their lawsuit against the city over religious services at a home in a residential neighborhood.

Under the settlement filed in federal court Monday, the City Council will consider giving the monks a permit to hold Sunday services at their home, for no more than 20 people at a time, reports the The Virginian-Pilot. In exchange, the monks will agree to find a new location for their three annual festivals and will not expand the educational center at their current site.

The monks had filed suit in September, claiming that city officials violated their religious freedoms when it denied them a permit to hold services in their home. The city insisted that the issue was over zoning, not religion.

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