Paxton files brief supporting religious non-profits
Tue, 2016-01-19 05:00 News Staff
by Ed Sterling
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Jan. 11 filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of 20 states supporting the right of religious nonprofits to exercise religious beliefs.
A news release from Paxton said the brief filed in regards to the case, Zubik v. Burwell, results from a consolidation of several cases before the court. The Texas attorney general’s office previously had filed briefs in two of those cases. Paxton argues that the contraceptive mandate in the U.S. Affordable Care Act, widely referred to as Obamacare, infringes upon the right of religious nonprofits to exercise their sincerely held beliefs.
“The principles of our nation, not to mention federal law, provides that the government must respect the closely held religious beliefs of its citizens,” Paxton reasoned. “These nonprofits, driven by faith and sincere convictions, serve our communities in important ways, from education to health care to caring for the elderly. It’s paramount that that they continue their contributions to society and Texas will continue to fight any impediments imposed upon these organizations by the Obama Administration.”