From The Washington Post article On Sunday, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a federal law that limited religious groups to using only their own money to conduct social welfare programs and to limit government support of private organizations that receive federal grants.
The ruling was expected but still a big victory for the conservative justices, who had ruled that a host of federal laws could be unconstitutional.
The court had ruled in 2015 that the government’s contraceptive coverage requirement was unconstitutional.
The law, known as the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, was aimed at protecting people who object to providing contraception to their employers.
But the court ruled that it was unconstitutional under a provision that allows the government to use taxpayer dollars to help religiously affiliated organizations that provide health care for their employees.
Under the RFRA, the government could only use funds for social welfare organizations to provide health services for their members.
The RFRA allowed the government not only to make such grants but also to reimburse religious organizations for costs incurred.
The government has long used such grants to provide contraceptive coverage for government-funded organizations.
The government, however, has always argued that such grants are not religiously neutral and that they are used for other purposes.
The Supreme Court’s decision will likely mean that the federal government will soon be forced to spend money on other social welfare groups that are not covered by the RFREA.
The decision came in the case of Little Sisters of the Poor v.
The justices upheld the Obama administration’s refusal to provide coverage for contraception coverage under a government health care program for religious organizations.
The Catholic Charities of New York, which has a contract with the government, had challenged the law, arguing that it is unconstitutional because it restricts access to contraceptives to religious groups.
Little Sisters argued that the RFRI violates the Free Exercise Clause of the U,S.
Constitution, which protects religious liberty.
The court ruled 5-4 that the law violates the First Amendment, which guarantees religious liberty and freedom of religion.