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Rally for Religious Freedom today at Capitol

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The debate over President Obama's healthcare law, and its contraception mandate, will take center stage today at the state Capitol.

Organizers for the event are calling it Rally for Religious Freedom will begin today at noon on the south side of the Capitol, facing Charlotte Avenue. The event here is one of 140 cities taking part.

Among the speakers are Bishop David Choby, Nashville's Catholic leader, Dr. Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, Dr. Carol Swain, a Vanderbilt law professor, and Congresswoman Diane Black.

The Roman Catholic Church has been at the center of the backlash against the contraception mandate.

The Obama administration originally stood by its order that all employers provide contraceptives through their health plans.

That would have included Catholic universities and hospitals, whose leaders have a moral objection to birth control.

More than 2,500 pastors and evangelical leaders joined the Catholic leaders in opposing the plan.

The Obama administration offered a compromise - forcing the insurers to cover contraceptives instead of the employers - but that's still not enough for some who see it as an encroachment of religious liberty.

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