Washington D.C., Jul 20, 2012 / 16:09 pm
A federal judge in Washington, D.C. has dismissed a lawsuit by Belmont Abbey College against the federal contraception mandate as being premature.
Hannah Smith, senior legal counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which was representing Belmont Abbey College in the case, said that the decision was made "on technical grounds."
Smith explained in a statement that "the judge thinks that the case should be delayed for a matter of months" in order to give the federal government time to "fix" the mandate.
On July 18, federal judge James E. Boasberg dismissed the suit filed by the Catholic liberal arts school last year. The suit is the second of the nearly two dozen cases against the mandate to be thrown out.