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On October 6, the government did what it should have done years ago: it admitted that it was unlawful to penalize religious groups for following their faith. The government issued a new rule with an exemption that protects religious ministries. The government is taking comments on the new rule and may change the rule after it reviews those comments. While the new rule is an important step forward, it is not the last step.  

Becket‘s Mark Rienzi said:

“It should be easy for the courts to finalize this issue now that the government admits it broke the law. For months, we have been waiting for Department of Justice lawyers to honestly admit that fact, like the President did in the Rose Garden. Now that the agencies admit the mandate was illegal, we expect the leadership of the Department of Justice will cooperate in getting a final court resolution.” 


1/3 of Americans are already exempt from the mandate, including: