(AP) – President Barack Obama says his “commitment to protecting religious liberty is and always will be unwavering.”
In a video on his campaign’s website, Obama makes no mention of the dozens of lawsuits against his administration by Christian institutions and businesses over the birth control mandate. His only mention of the health care law is that it provides insurance regardless of pre-existing conditions.
Obama says religion often becomes a wedge issue in election years, and Americans can disagree on important issues. But he says Americans of all faiths should be able “to follow their conscience.”
Catholic and evangelical plaintiffs say the birth control mandate forces them to violate their conscience.