Denver company has city award rescinded for bucking Obama health law
The Newland family
The Newland family didn‚Äôt 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 reform‚Äôs birth control, sterilization and abortion mandates.
‚ÄúWhen the ruling came down from Judge Kane‚Äôs courtroom, we got a call from the councilwoman, who said that due to the controversial nature of what we were engaged in, it wasn‚Äôt appropriate for her to honor us as she‚Äôd originally planned,‚ÄĚ 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."