The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit had dismissed the Christian institution’s challenge to the Obama administration’s health-care overhaul, saying that the lawsuit was premature. The U.S. Supreme Court then upheld the health-care law in June and rejected all pending appeals, including Liberty’s. But the institution said the Supreme Court’s ruling did not address certain parts of the law, and on Monday the court sent the case back to the Fourth Circuit for a new hearing. The Supreme Court’s latest order does not affect its June ruling.
Liberty, a Christian university in Lynchburg, Virginia, is pressing claims the high court didn’t consider, arguing that the law’s exemptions for religious objectors are deficient. The university is challenging the law’s requirements on individuals and employers. Such arguments haven’t gained traction in lower courts. A federal appeals court in Washington rejected similar religion- based arguments last year in a separate case.
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