A federal judge has issued an order halting enforcement of the Obama administration’s health care mandate against Dordt College of Sioux Center and Cornerstone University in Michigan.
The colleges challenged the administration’s mandate that forces employers to provide insurance coverage for pills and procedures that many Christians oppose.
The two colleges object to the government’s conclusion that they are not sufficiently religious to qualify for the religious exemption from the mandate.
Attorney Gregory Baylor of Alliance Defending Freedom, which represents the colleges, says Christian colleges should remain free to operate according to their defining beliefs. The court was right to block enforcement of this unconstitutional mandate.”
The lawsuit, Dordt College v. Sebelius, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa, argues that the mandate violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act as well as the First and Fifth amendments to the U.S. Constitution.
Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys are also litigating 19 other lawsuits against the health care mandate.