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Supreme Court declines to give groups' HHS appeals preliminary review


The U.S. Supreme Court's decision Monday not to consider preliminary appeals in lawsuits brought by several Catholic groups against the federal contraceptive mandate "means that the cases will proceed, without prejudice, in the lower federal court," according to Priests for Life.

Besides Priests for Life, the groups include the Washington archdiocese, The Catholic University of America, and Thomas Aquinas College.

Their cases are currently in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Supreme Court takes up Hobby Lobby's challenge to the contraception mandate


When two corporations -- one owned by evangelicals and one owned by Mennonites -- filed suit over the Affordable Care Act, they described their complaint in stark and fairly simple terms: The government is forcing them to either break the law or betray their faith.

But at the Supreme Court on Tuesday, nothing was so clear as the justices explored the murky territory where an employer's religious rights collide with the interests of its employees or the government.

Supreme Court may decide if photographers can snub gay weddings

When Vanessa Willock wanted an Albuquerque photographer to shoot her same-sex commitment ceremony in 2006, she contacted Elane Photography. The response came as a shock: Co-owner Elaine Huguenin said she only worked on "traditional weddings."

"Are you saying that your company does not offer your photography services to same-sex couples?" Willock asked by email.

"Yes, you are correct in saying we do not photograph same-sex weddings," Huguenin responded.


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