Lawmakers on Capitol Hill heard testimony Thursday over growing threats to the religious liberties of faith groups.
Bishop William Lori testified before a House Judiciary Committee that Catholic hospitals and charities have lost government contracts for not offering abortion, contraception and gay adoption.
He told the committee that's just one instance in a broader trend of the erosion of religious rights.
"Religious freedom also belongs to churches and other religious institutions, comprised of citizens who are believers and who seek, not to create a theocracy, but rather to influence their culture from within," Lori told lawmakers.
"The distinction between church and state, between God and Caesar, remains "fundamental to Christianity," he said.
Meanwhile, Colby May, senior counsel at the American Center for Law and Justice, says gay rights victories are forcing some people to choose between their jobs or their faith.