A private Christian-owned company in Pennsylvania is joining a long list of companies and religious groups filing suit against the Obama administration over the it's health care contraception coverage mandate.
Attorney Charles W. Proctor III, who is representing the Conestoga Wood Specialties Corporation, says it is "un-American" for the federal government to force people of faith to violate their conscience.
Under the mandate, their family owned wood product company will be forced to offer insurance coverage for contraceptives to employees, beginning Jan. 1.
Attorneys fighting the mandate on religious institutions say they welcome privately owned business joining the fight."Just because they're a secular employer or just because they're a non-profit employer but they may not be specifically focused on everything they do relative to religion or Christianity or any other faith doesn't mean that they are now excluded from the protections of the Constitution or federal law," Mat Staver, with Liberty Counsel said.
The mandate on religiously affiliated groups is expected to make it to the Supreme Court.