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Religious freedom rally set

Organizers are planning another religious freedom rally at the Allen County Courthouse Green, their third and last this year.

Stand Up for Religious Freedom will start at 10 a.m. Oct. 6 and, the organizers said in a news release, "is inspired by recent infringements on religious liberty by the federal government" -- specifically, a Department of Health and Human Services rule that requires religious groups or their insurers to provide their employees with coverage that pays for contraceptives.

Scheduled speakers include state Rep. Sue Ellspermann of Ferdinand, the Republican candidate for lieutenant governor.

Organizers include representatives of Scandinavia House Fort Wayne, Lutherans for Life, Allen County Right to Life and the Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend.

Similar rallies were March 23 and Aug. 11. The contraceptive insurance rule was the topic of those rallies, too.