Denver company has city award rescinded for bucking Obama health law
The Newland family
The Newland family didnâ€™t spend 50 years building a business here for the plaudits, but when a Denver City Council member moved to recognize them with an anniversary proclamation, the clan was flattered.
So it came as a disappointment last week when the Newlands learned that the council decided to cancel the honor, especially when they found out the reason: Their successful legal challenge against the Obama health care reformâ€™s birth control, sterilization and abortion mandates.
â€śWhen the ruling came down from Judge Kaneâ€™s courtroom, we got a call from the councilwoman, who said that due to the controversial nature of what we were engaged in, it wasnâ€™t appropriate for her to honor us as sheâ€™d originally planned,â€ť said William Newland, who co-owns Hercules Industries with his three siblings....
"After learning of the canceled award, Colorado House Speaker Frank McNulty and Majority Leader Amy Stephens presented the Newlands with a proclamation Thursday honoring their 50 years of economic and philanthropic service."