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Rally for religious freedom protests Obama's mandate

Those in opposition of President Obama's health care mandate rallied in front of the Lucas County Courthouse in downtown Toledo Friday. Those in opposition of President Obama's health care mandate rallied in front of the Lucas County Courthouse in downtown Toledo Friday.

TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) - Those in opposition of President Obama's health care mandate rallied in front of the Lucas County Courthouse in downtown Toledo. Protesters said the president is going too far and stepping on the toes of religion.

The rally is called "Stand up for Religious Freedom" and is the second of its kind to happen in downtown Toledo with the first rally back in March. Similar rallies took place in more than 150 cities across the nation, all part of a grassroots campaign against parts of the Affordable Care Act of 2010, which some feel infringes on religious freedom.

Protesters believe a health and human services mandate under the Affordable Care Act infringes on religious freedom by requiring employers, religious schools and charities, which may have faith-based opposition to the measure, to provide healthcare coverage for contraceptives, sterilizations and abortion-inducing drugs. They also said the law's religious exemption is too narrow and does not include some areas of ministry, such as feeding the hungry and caring for the ill.

"They're asking us to go against the teachings of our faith. It's not about someone else's decision, although we don't agree with their decision. It's about the fact that we are being forced to pay for something that is against our faith," said protester Bob Boyer.

Not everyone in attendance supported the rally. Some supported the controversial act, saying more people need health care coverage.

The fate of the health care law now lies with the U.S. Supreme Court. It is expected to rule on the constitutionality of insurance mandates this month.

Tune in to WTOL 11 News tonight for a look at both sides of the protest.

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