Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., who has emerged as one of the crusaders in the fight against a rule requiring religious institutions to provide contraaceptives in their health care, has joined forces with a Democratic senator to fight the mandate.
The White House is holding firm on the rule. Catholic bishops, who in recent weeks have asked their parishioners to object to a federal law requiring religious-based institutions, such as Catholic hospitals and universities, to provide contraceptives as part of their health care coverage. A new law taking effect this year requires most private insurers to pay for birth control. Religious groups have been given an extra year to comply.
Several other Democratics, mostly Catholic, have also said they'd object to the administration's approach. They include Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa.