Published: Oct 31, 2012 6:30 PM EDT
Updated: Nov 01, 2012 6:31 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is telling the Supreme Court it does not object to reopening a Christian college's challenge to President Barack Obama's healthcare overhaul.

In court papers filed Wednesday, the Justice Department said it does not oppose allowing a federal appeals court in Richmond, Va., to consider the claim by Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., that Obama's health care law violates the school's religious freedoms.

A federal district judge rejected Liberty's claims, and the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the lawsuit was premature and never dealt with the substance of the school's arguments. The Supreme Court upheld the health care law in June in a ruling that also said the appeals court was wrong not to decide the issues.