|State Treasurer Don Stenberg|
|Republican National Committeeman Pete Ricketts|
Crowds gathered to rally for religious freedom at the federal courthouses in downtown Omaha and Lincoln today.
The rally was part of a nationwide campaign themed "Stand Up For Religious Freedom—Stop the HHS Mandate!" that took place at 140 locations throughout the country at noon today.
Thousands of Americans of all faiths participated in the peaceful rallies, organized by the Pro-Life Action League and Citizens for a Pro-Life Society to oppose the new mandate from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that requires all employers provide free contraceptives, sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs through their health plans, even in violation of their consciences.
The purpose of today's rally was to re-focus the issue on religious freedom and being forced to break tenants of the faith.
Arch-Bishop Lucas says he wanted the rally to show people that they are united and focused against the threats to religious freedom.
Notable Republican leaders participating in the Omaha rally include State Treasurer Don Stenberg and Republican National Committeeman Pete Ricketts.