Nuns Get Temporary Relief from Contraception Mandate

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday offered a short-term compromise that would continue to exempt a group of Denver nuns from meeting a birth control mandate for their nursing home employees. Under the arrangement, the nuns can declare themselves a religious nonprofit organization opposed to birth control and continue to be exempt while their case is heard by the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The court’s action came after Justice Sonia Sotomayor blocked the contraceptive coverage mandate for the nuns just hours before the health law went into effect.