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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The rhetoric over health care reform will likely hit a new high in the coming days: the Supreme Court is set to weigh in next week. But in Dallas, Fort Worth, and in cities around the nation Friday, religious conservatives gathered by the hundreds for noon time rallies to make their voices heard.

“I hope our judicial branch finds it unconstitutional,” says Clare Falconer, “because I do believe that it is.”

The Falconer family was in North Texas on a college visit when they heard about the noon time rally at Dallas City Hall and decided to attend. “We would have gone to one in Wisconsin had we been at home, so we decided to come to one, here.”

For many religious groups, the flash point for months concerning the Affordable Care Act had been the mandate requiring employers to cover preventative care for women—including contraception.

Kathleen Conklin says she opposes the mandates because it violates her catholic faith. “We can in no way support in any way, shape or form or even have within our institutions the availability of something that goes against our faith, plain and simple. We cannot even make it available, it’s core to our beliefs.”

Federal officials counter that exceptions have been made for religious organizations. And just last month, President Obama made additional concessions. According to the White House press office, “Contraception coverage will be offered to women by their employers’ insurance company directly, with no role for religious employers who oppose contraception.”

“We don’t believe that.” But, some at the rally—like Father Don McLane, a Rockwall Anglican priest, remain unconvinced. “We’ve been lied to before, we’ve been lied to and that’s what this is about right now.”

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