Feds want dismissal of Catholic college's contraception lawsuit

From a Feb. 17 press release by The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, "a non-profit, public-interest law firm dedicated to protecting the free expression of all religious traditions": On Thursday, the Obama administration filed its first legal response to Belmont Abbey College's lawsuit challenging the controversial contraception mandate. This was its first opportunity to explain to the court and the country why the mandate is not illegal and unconstitutional. So what did the administration say? Not that the mandate is legal; not that the mandate is constitutional. Instead, it asked the court to duck the key issues because the administration has 'indicated that they will propose and finalize changes to the regulations' at some unspecified date in the future. 'Apparently, the administration has decided that the mandate, as written and finalized, is constitutionally indefensible,' said Hannah Smith, senior counsel at The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which represents Belmont...(Read Full Post)