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Possible religious exemption in Obama non-discrimination executive order rankles supporters




People arrive to attend the final session of the term at the U.S. Supreme Court on June 30, 2014 in Washington, DC. Today the high court is expected to give its ruling on whether a private company can be exempted on religious grounds from health care reform's requirement that employer sponsored health insurance policies cover contraception.
People arrive to attend the final session of the term at the U.S. Supreme Court on June 30, 2014 in Washington, DC. Today the high court is expected to give its ruling on whether a private company can be exempted on religious grounds from health care reform's requirement that employer sponsored health insurance policies cover contraception.
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Earlier this month 15 religious leaders wrote to President Obama’s administration in support of an exemption to the upcoming executive order forbidding federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

In light of last week’s Supreme Court Hobby Lobby decision, that move has heightened concern among the gay and lesbian community about whether the President would include such an exemption.

If closely held religious companies have the right to avoid covering certain contraceptive methods they say violates their religious beliefs, should religious employers also be able to

Guest:

Susan Russell, Senior Associate of Communication for All Saints Church in Pasadena