Sotomayor Stays Birth Control Mandate

    Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor answers questions while moderator Fran Stoddard, left, and U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, right, listen during the 2011 Women's Economic Opportunity Conference at Vermont Technical College in Randolph Center, Vt., on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011. (AP Photo/Andy Duback)

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    Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who oversees the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, has issued a stay on the birth control mandate for religious groups. The request, made by an order of Catholic nuns in Colorado, was granted just hours before the new mandate went to effect on January 1. It comes as the Supreme Court takes up a legal challenge to the mandate brought by the for-profit company Hobby Lobby, which says the mandate violates its religious freedom.

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