by Jim Thompson
Today, the Supreme Court vacated judgments in Zubik v. Burwell, instructing both parties involved to go back to the lower courts and make “tweaks in the contraceptive mandate to eliminate any faith-based concerns ‘while still ensuring that the affected women receive contraceptive coverage seamlessly,’” reports Sarah Ferris at The Hill.
The Obama administration on Friday issued a directive telling every public school district to allow transgender students to use bathrooms that correspond with their gender identity, report Julie Hirschfeld and Matt Apuzzo at The New York Times.
A federal district judge in Washington, D.C., ruled Thursday that the Obama administration had improperly funded a major subsidy of the Affordable Care Act, dealing a surprise blow to President Obama’s signature legislative achievement, writes Matt Ford in The Atlantic.
P.R. Lockhart at The American Prospect says a new Mississippi law that legalizes discrimination against LGBT individuals on religious grounds “could have sweeping implications well beyond the realm of gay marriage.”