The State of Connecticuts ethics office has dropped it's attempt to get the Catholic church to register as a lobbying group. The Attorney General of Connecticut, Richard Blumenthal has said the attempt raises serious constitutional questions.
Of course, the fact that this was dropped stems only from the States concern for constitutional rights--it doesn't have a thing to do with the legal actions initiated in Federal courts about this matter.
Or the fact that the event that precipitated this was the defeat of a a law aimed specifically at the Catholic Church, dictating a form of Congregational governance for it.
I am glad that the attempt has failed. On the other hand, this is only a tactical victory, a federal court ruling would have established a legal precedent to protect our coreligionists in Connecticut from such interference with their rights to freely exercises their religion, and their right of free speech. Which really, is what this was all about.