WASHINGTON, D.C., February 24, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – A collection of 29 pro-LGBT groups made a move in court last week to back the HHS Mandate provision forcing Catholic employers to violate their religious principles.
The National LGBTQ Task Force joined 28 other pro-abortion and feminist groups in filing a February 17 amicus brief in the Zubik v. Burwell case to show support for the Obamacare mandate requiring the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh to provide contraception to its employees.
The head of the LGBT group dismissed the position held by Catholics and other people of faith that forcing them to subsidize contraception for their employees violates their religious values.
“A Supreme Court decision that allows discrimination under the guise of 'religious freedom' would drastically restrict the ability of LGBTQ people to control our reproductive health and sexual lives,” said National LGBTQ Task Force Executive Director Rea Carey in an LGBT Weekly report.
There are those in the LGBT community who are able to become pregnant, according to Carey, and may want access to the no-co-pay birth control touted in the president's health care takeover.
“Many of us, including cisgender women, transgender men, intersex and gender non-conforming people, can get pregnant,” Carey stated, “and rely on a full range of reproductive health options, including birth control, in order to make the best decisions for ourselves.”
The Zubik in the case is Bishop David Zubik of Pittsburgh, and the case is one of seven to go before the Supreme Court next month, when the Court decides whether the Obama administration can force employers to violate their religious beliefs by forcing the employers to provide abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization, and contraception.
Contraception, sterilization, and abortion all violate Catholic Church teaching, but the federal government via Obamacare is requiring all employers, including Catholic employers, to provide contraceptives, sterilization, and abortifacient drugs with no co-pay to their employees, regardless whether the employees use them and despite the fact that doing so would be considered a mortal sin for Catholics.
Suing the government along with Bishop Zubik are the Little Sisters of the Poor; Priests for Life; Archbishop Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C.; East Texas Baptist University; Southern Nazarene University; and Geneva College.
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All have argued that the contraception mandate – and the Obama administration's subsequent contraception delivery scheme, passed off as an “accommodation” – failed to relieve them of the burden of violating their conscience, because they must still participate in a process that will give their employees drugs that could take an unborn human being's life.
Bishop Zubik told a district judge in November 2013 he would not comply with the HHS mandate under any circumstance, even if it meant closing Catholic schools, because, the bishop said, the mandate endangers “the integrity of our beliefs.”
In 2012, Bishop Zubik described the mandate as “a slap in the face” that says, “To Hell with you!” to Catholics and religious freedom.
They have become a symbol of the attack on religious freedom in the U.S. due to their refusal to compromise their Catholic values, with more than a dozen briefs from religious and legal groups been filed in their favor.
The federal government has rejected the sisters' request for the Obamacare contraception exception on the basis that they do not qualify because they employ not only Catholics and serve not only Catholics. The enormous IRS fines the sisters face for noncompliance with the Obamacare HHS Mandate would threaten their ability to continue their mission in the U.S.
The February 17 amicus brief filed against the Catholic bishop of Pittsburgh by the LGBT coalition is not the first time for pro-homosexual activists to align with pro-aborts to join in the Obamacare attack on conscience protections.
Two years ago, almost 50 homosexual activist groups partnered with Planned Parenthood in releasing a statement supporting Obama's controversial contraception mandate, saying that legislation proposed in 10 states at the time to ensure conscience protection amounted to discrimination.