In another victory for the Obama administration a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by Nebraska and six other states that sought to block the contraception mandate in the federal health care law.
U.S. District Court Judge Warren K. Urbom ruled that the states had no standing in the lawsuit because they had failed to prove they would suffer an immediate home once the rule is enacted. Urborn said Catholic groups that joined the lawsuit also failed to show that a religious exemption written into the rule wouldn’t apply to them.
Republican attorneys general from Nebraska, Florida, Michigan, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Texas had challenged the bill along with three Nebraska-based employers affiliated with the Catholic Church.
Opponents to the measure are expected to repeal, in part because they believe they have federal appellate courts, including the Supreme Court, sympathetic to their claims that the contraception mandate violates employers’ religious liberties. For the time being though, it’s an affirmation that outright discrimination can’t always be cloaked in the constitutional argument of religious freedom.
Photo from nateOne via flickr.