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"He’s in a position no matter what he does, someone is going to criticize him," Hatch said. Romney hasn’t "had any trouble standing up for his personal beliefs."

It helps when those beliefs also dovetail with those of his Mormon faith. Although LDS leaders "strongly discourage" permanent solutions such as vasectomies and tubal ligations, they have stayed out of the latest fray over contraceptives. Even so, they have warned in the past that churches should sound alarms when government intrudes on religious freedoms.

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"The religious community must unite to be sure we are not coerced or deterred into silence by … intimidation or threatening rhetoric," apostle Dallin H. Oaks said in a February 2011 speech to Chapman University’s law school. "Whether or not such actions are anti-religious, they are surely anti-democratic and should be condemned by all who are interested in democratic government."


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