Texas is joining six other states that are challenging the constitutionality of the Obama administration’s mandate that employers provide free access to contraceptives to their employees.

The mandate sparked outrage from religious institutions who claimed being forced to pay for birth control violated their beliefs. The Obama administration offered a compromise, saying it would shift the payment burden to the insurance companies rather than religious universities or hospitals. The damage was already done, however. Religious organizations and several states decided to take legal action.

Attorney General Greg Abbott issued this statement today:

“Obamacare’s latest mandate tramples the First Amendment’s Freedom of Religion and compels people of faith to act contrary to their convictions. The President’s so called ‘accommodation’ was nothing but a shell game: the mandate still requires religious organizations to subsidize and authorize conduct that conflicts with their religious principles. The very first amendment to our Constitution was intended to protect against this sort of government intrusion into our religious convictions.”

Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst released this statement:

"The freedom to practice our faith without interference from the government is one of our most sacred rights, and Texans will not sit silently while the Obama Administration continues to violate our religious liberty with more unconstitutional mandates. I’m proud that Texas is taking a stand to protect the rights of faith-based organizations who serve the sick and less fortunate with far more compassion than the federal government ever will."

Here’s the full lawsuit: