(CNN) — The US Supreme Court has agreed to hear a challenge to an anti-discrimination law in Maine that prohibits employers from basing hiring decisions on religious reasons.
The justices will take up whether the law violates the First Amendment of the US Constitution, which the state says it does.
The chamber brought up the issue last year after two people filed lawsuits under the law, designed to allow employees of religious institutions and other companies that have religious objections to decline an employer’s requirements that they provide contraceptive services.
The latest case comes as President Donald Trump’s administration has taken steps to signal that it would defend those religious objections under the law, known as the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
Three weeks ago, the Trump administration said it supported a federal appeals court ruling that allowed an Oklahoma hospital to decline to let a transgender employee use the hospital’s male restrooms on the grounds that the hospital’s religious objections to the practice “preserve the best interests of the hospital and its patients.”
In other cases before the Supreme Court, the justices are considering whether to restore some protections for immigrants and whether to allow some illegal immigrants to remain in the country on a temporary basis. The court will also rule on Trump’s transgender ban.
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