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Supreme Court Could Take Up Religious Rights of Corporations

U.S. Supreme Court justices could decide on Tuesday to review religious objections made by corporations to a provision of the 2010 federal healthcare law requiring employers to provide health insurance that covers birth control. The key question before the court …

Obama Offers Compromise on Birth Control Insurance Coverage

The Obama administration on Friday sought to settle a dispute with religious leaders over whether employees at faith-affiliated universities, hospitals and other institutions should have access to health insurance coverage for contraceptives. The new set of proposals would instead guarantee …

Lawsuits Against Birth Control Benefit Appear Supreme Court Bound

The legal challenges over religious freedom and the birth control coverage requirement in President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul appear to be moving toward the U.S. Supreme Court. Faith-affiliated charities, hospitals and universities have filed dozens of lawsuits against the …

Montana Court: Hutterites Must Pay Workers’ Compensation

A divided Montana Supreme Court says forcing a Hutterite religious colony to pay workers’ compensation insurance for jobs outside the commune is not an unconstitutional intrusion into religion. Monday’s 4-3 decision upholds a 2009 law requiring religious organizations to carry …

Judge Strikes Down Washington Law Mandating Pharmacists Sell Contraception

A federal judge ruled on Wednesday that Washington state cannot require pharmacists to dispense emergency contraceptives if to do so violates their religious beliefs. U.S. District Judge Ronald B. Leighton declared the state regulation unconstitutional because it trampled on pharmacists’ …

Amish Men Not Backing Down in Kentucky Fight Over Buggy Safety

On Jacob Gingerich’s farm in western Kentucky, there is no phone or electricity for his family of 12 children. He even sees putting an orange safety triangle on their black horse-drawn buggy as a violation of the simple and pious …