Dems Push to Strip Religious Liberties Protections

By Paul Strand

July 17, 2014

WASHINGTON – Senate Democrats mad at the Supreme Court’s recent Hobby Lobby ruling saw their attempt to fix it blocked on the Senate floor today. Fifty-six senators voted for the fix but it needed 60 votes to proceed.

The fix would have forced businesses, even those with religious objections, to fund contraception for their workers. But Republicans and other critics called it an attack on religious liberty.

Sens. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Mark Udall, D-Colo., sponsored the legislation. Critics attacked them about their bill at a morning news conference outside the U.S. Capitol building before the vote this afternoon.

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