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Matt Rourke, Associated Press
The Rev. Christopher Cooke and others cover their hearts during the playing of patriotic music during a protest against the Obama administration mandate that employers provide workers birth control coverage, at Independence Mall, Friday, June 8, 2012, in Philadelphia. The event was organized by Stand Up For Religious Freedom.

WASHINGTON — Demonstrators gathered Friday at rallies around the country to decry the Obama administration's policy of requiring private health insurance plans to cover contraception as a violation of religious freedom.

In Washington, the rally began with speeches in Upper Senate Park and a march to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Congresswoman and one-time GOP presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann of Minnesota said the heart of the issue was religious freedom.

She says Obama "had no problem telling the religious organizations and the religious-oriented people of this nation that they must be forced to violate their religious beliefs under his health care mandate."

The issue has united multiple faiths. Recently, evangelical, Orthodox Jewish, Roman Catholic and Mormon leaders helped form networks in every state dedicated to religious liberty.