Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Schuette files brief opposing HHS mandate

This is Tuesday's press release by state Attorney General Bill Schuette in filing a brief in regard to what he calls defending a Michigan company's religious libery by opposing President Obama's HHS mandate:

Today Attorney General Schuette filed a joint brief with Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine in support of Michigan-based Weingartz Supply Company and Legatus, an organization of Catholic business owners, to defend religious liberty and challenge the unconstitutional Obama administration HHS mandate. 

The brief was filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, following a win for Weingartz in U.S. District Court.  The Obama Administration appealed the trial court's decision.  In the brief filed today, Schuette and DeWine challenge the mandate, concluding:

"A misguided effort to circumscribe religious liberty so as to protect only organizations that provide explicitly religious products or services would be similar to confining religious practice to houses of worship, as if religious principles may not animate a corporation - or a person - in public and commercial life. It would be akin to an error that suggests that only the clergy should be at liberty freely to express religious views."

On October 31, 2012, U.S. District Court Judge Robert Cleland in the Eastern District of Michigan ruled in Legatus et al. v Kathleen Sebelius, et al. that the case can move forward into the discovery phase and signed an order preliminarily blocking the federal government's implementation of the HHS Mandate against Weingartz due to the "risk presented here of substantially infringing the sincere exercise of religious beliefs." 

More information on the trial court win for religious liberty can be found in this previous release:,4534,7-164-46849-289342--,00.html


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