June 08, 2012 at 5:26 pm
Thousands of people rallied across South Florida, the Treasure Coast and in cities across the country on Friday to draw attention to a United States Department of Health and Human Services mandate that will require the health insurance plans of most employers to cover contraception beginning August 1st.
Billed as a Stand Up for Religious Freedom rally, many said the mandate was is in conflict with their faith.
“It’s just dead against the teachings of the church I belong to and, as far as I know, it’s against the teachings of almost every religion on the face of the Earth,” said Robert Flynn, a West Palm Beach resident.
According to organizers, churches would be exempt from the coverage but faith-based universities and hospitals would not be.
“It might be good for the government but it’s not good for the people involved,” said Maria Adriano, a Jupiter resident.
“Anybody who has any kind of conscience issue that they hold dear, this or anything else, would realize that that sort of verbal trick really doesn’t assuage your conscience,” she said.
Organizers said more than 63,000 peopled gathered for similar rallies in late March.
“If they can take this little piece of the First Amendment away from Americans the next piece is you,” Flynn said.
Among those who supported a rally in West Palm Beach was the Diocese of Palm Beach.