WASHINGTON — The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals has become the first federal appellate court to hear arguments surrounding the federal contraception mandate, as two religious colleges argue that their religious freedom is threatened by the rule.
“The decision from the D.C. Circuit will no doubt influence the decisions of others courts,” said Kyle Duncan, general counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.
Duncan said shortly after the Dec. 14 hearing that the ruling in the case — brought by Belmont Abbey College and Wheaton College — could have important implications for the dozens of other lawsuits challenging the mandate.
The lawsuits revolve around a federal mandate that...READ MORE