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Cheyenne Diocese, Wyoming Catholic College Denied Injunctive Relief from HHS Mandate

A federal judge in Wyoming has denied a request for injunctive relief from the HHS mandate for Wyoming Catholic College, the Diocese of Cheyenne and several other Catholic schools and groups, according to K2 Radio.

Wyoming Catholic College and the Diocese of Cheyenne argued that the mandate violates their religious beliefs.  However, Judge Scott Skavdahl, a President Barack Obama appointee, denied the request to grant temporary relief to the organizations while the lawsuit challenging the mandate is running its course.

Skavdahl ruled that the mandate doesn't place a substantial burden on the institutions’ free exercise of religion.

"The ACA doesn't not force plaintiffs to offer a health insurance plan with objectionable contraceptive coverage,” reportedly stated Skavdahl, “it forces the third party administrator — a non-religious third party — to arrange and offer such coverage.”

The Diocese of Cheyenne reportedly issued a statement saying, "Since the challenged regulations take effect on July 1, 2014, and would force the plaintiffs to violate their deeply held Catholic beliefs or face crippling fines and penalties for noncompliance, we will appeal this decision and seek relief from the appellate court.”

Last month, WCC President Kevin Roberts stated, “this College will not and cannot accept an unjust law that violates our first freedom, for practicing that freedom is the very reason that Wyoming Catholic College exists.

Wyoming Catholic College is recommended in The Newman Guide for its strong Catholic identity.

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