Friday, January 31, 2014

Wyoming Diocese Sues To Challenge Contraceptive Mandate Accommodation

The Catholic Diocese of Cheyenne, Wyoming announced yesterday that along with Catholic Charities, a children's home and two Catholic schools, it has filed a federal lawsuit challenging the Affordable Care Act contraceptive coverage mandate accommodation. In his announcement, Bishop Paul Etienne said in part:
The message of the mandate is clear; keep your religious beliefs private or face financial penalties.  This is one of the strongest reasons the decision was made by the diocese and the plaintiffs to resist this mandate, even knowing that other similar lawsuits are now making their way through the court system.
AP reports on the lawsuit.

UPDATE: Here is the full text of the complaint in Diocese of Cheyenne v. Sebelius, (D WY, filed 1/30/2014).