Jan. 25 (Bloomberg) — The U.S. Supreme Court said an order of Catholic nuns, for now, doesn't have to fill out an Obama administration form that the religious group says might lead to contraceptive coverage for its employees.

The justices Friday said the Little Sisters of the Poor and potentially hundreds of other religious groups with objections to birth control can instead inform federal officials in writing of their views.

The one-page order, which came without published dissent after more than three weeks of deliberations, represents a compromise on an issue that might have divided the justices along ideological lines. The order will apply while the legal dispute plays out in the lower courts.

The justices said their order "should not be construed as an expression of the court's views on the merits."

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