The final rules, released Friday, state that group health plans of "religious employers" do not have to provide contraception coverage in their employee health plans.
The diverse coalition of activists who are trying to rework the nation's immigration system celebrated the Senate passage Thursday of a reform bill.
Update: The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals lifted the stay on a lower court's ruling Friday, making same-sex marriage legal immediately in California.
The Texas Catholic Conference was "disappointed that the disruptions in the Senate chamber" prevented state lawmakers from passing a strict abortion law before a midnight deadline Tuesday.
The twin Supreme Court rulings Wednesday that further opened the door for gay marriage in the U.S. were not entirely unexpected, and the condemnations from religious conservatives angry at the verdicts were certainly no surprise either.
So the real question is what gay marriage opponents will do now.
Here are four possible scenarios that took shape in the wake of Wednesday's developments.
It's religious freedom, not sex
Cordileone said "the best interests of the child [is] to be raised by their mother and their father" and the court disrespected that.
Update: The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said the Supreme Court's rulings made today "a tragic day for marriage and our nation."
The Supreme Court on Tuesday overturned the part of the Voting Rights Act used to determine that 15 states have had to comply with the law's protections for minority voters.
The New York State Senate rejected the abortion-related plank of a 10-point women's equality bill. The New York State Catholic Conference to called the action a victory for unborn children.
The Supreme Court also said it would decide whether the children of immigrants lose their place in line for visas when they turn 21 in the fall.