Commentary: The recent legal objections to the Affordable Care Act's contraception mandate make me think of a controversy that figures repeatedly in the New Testament.
When Vanessa Willock wanted an Albuquerque photographer to shoot her same-sex commitment ceremony in 2006, she contacted Elane Photography. The response came as a shock: Co-owner Elaine Huguenin said she only worked on "traditional weddings."
"Are you saying that your company does not offer your photography services to same-sex couples?" Willock asked by email.
"Yes, you are correct in saying we do not photograph same-sex weddings," Huguenin responded.
From Where I Stand: A new group is making public moves to discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the name of "religious freedom."
On March 25, the Supreme Court will hear the case of whether or not the Affordable Care Act's contraception clause violated Hobby Lobby's religious liberties.
The North Dakota Catholic Conference welcomed the dismissal of a lawsuit challenging a 2013 law requiring doctors at the state's only abortion clinic to have admitting privileges at a local hospital.
The Red River Women's Clinic in Fargo withdrew the suit March 14 after a local health care system certified physicians working at the clinic to admit patients.
Bishop Gerald Barnes of San Bernardino urged Catholics in his diocese to comply with federal law and sign up for health insurance if they have not already done so.
In a March 11 letter, he said he wished to provide "some clarification and some direction regarding the new federal health care law."
"As you may know, the Affordable Care Act requires that all legal residents of the country carry health insurance by April 1. Failure to comply with this law will result in fines that increase progressively each year," he wrote.
President Barack Obama told activists he would consider ways to ease the effects of strict enforcement as frustration grows over the lack of progress on immigration reform.
NCR Today: House Speaker John Boehner reached out to the Vatican on behalf of House and Senate leaders to invite Pope Francis to speak to both houses of Congress.
The coalition contends that the mandate's requirement that its members provide health insurance coverage for contraceptive drugs is contrary to the First Amendment.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan said Sunday that Pope Francis is asking the Catholic church to look at the possibility of recognizing civil unions for gay couples, although the archbishop of New York said he would be "uncomfortable" if the church embraced that position.