Politics

Catholic organizations, faith groups glad to see end of Muslim registry

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Obama administration ends the National Security Exit-Entry Registration System (NSEERS): In late December, weeks before his administration comes to a close, Obama announced that the program was ending under his watch. Catholic organizations and other faith groups say they are happy with the Obama administration's last-minute decision to end a type of national Muslim registry.

Benefits association, diocese file suit over HHS transgender regulation

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Catholic organizations and dioceses file lawsuit: The Catholic Benefits Association, the Diocese of Fargo and Catholic Charities North Dakota filed a lawsuit Dec. 28 in U.S. District Court in North Dakota against a federal regulation scheduled to take effect Jan. 1 that redefines "sex" for anti-discrimination purposes to include sexual orientation and gender identity.The regulation from the Department of Health and Human Services requires that Catholic hospitals and health care providers perform or provide gender transition services, hormonal treatments and counseling as well as a host of surgeries that would remove or transform the sexual organs of men or women transitioning to the other gender. The HHS regulation requires group health plans to cover these procedures and services.

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