As a springtime snowfall dampened their signs if not their spirits, several hundred activists divided themselves Tuesday on either side of the plaza in front of the Supreme Court to make their own opening arguments over the Affordable Care Act.
The government can start enforcing the mandate requiring employers to authorize employee coverage for birth control now on faith-based non-profits that haven't gotten relief from the courts. So now is the time for Congress to act to at least delay, if not lift altogether, this onerous burden from our ministries.
A Roman Catholic order of nuns who care for the elderly poor was hopeful Wednesday after the Supreme Court temporarily blocked an Obamacare provision that would have required it to cover contraception for employees starting with the new year.
Religious exemptions should never become a tool of discrimination. They should be narrowly tailored to reduce the burden on a person's free exercise of religion. They should not give license to some employers, under the guise of religious liberty, to treat LGBT people adversely in their jobs.
The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to jump into a growing legal dispute between businesses run by conservative Christians and the Obama administration over whether a company must pay for birth control drugs that conflict with its owner's religious beliefs.
By By David G. Savage and Tribune Washington Bureau
As Catholic institutions across the country sue the Obama administration over new health insurance rules, Baltimore's new archbishop is scheduled to speak in Washington this week at a conference focusing on "Rising Threats to American Religious Freedom."