Judge Dismisses Lawsuit By Wheaton College

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) -- A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by Wheaton College against the Obama administration for requiring religious institutions to offer health insurance to employees that covers the cost of contraception.

U.S. District Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle ruled that the lawsuit was premature because the government would not enforce the mandate against Wheaton until August 2013. She also noted the administration's promise to revise the mandate to accommodate religious institutions before it goes into effect.

Attorney Kyle Duncan of The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty said the government's promise shouldn't be trusted and "leaves unresolved the question of religious liberty at the heart of the lawsuit."

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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