WASHINGTON (AP) — A seemingly divided Supreme Court is exploring a possible compromise ruling in the dispute between faith-based groups and the Obama administration over birth control.

The justices issued an unusual order Tuesday directing both sides in the case to file a new round of legal briefs by April 20. They're being asked to examine the minimum that groups like the Little Sisters of the Poor must do to register their religious objections to providing contraceptive coverage.

The court suggested that they could tell their insurance company at the time they arrange for health insurance that they don't want to include some or all contraceptive coverage. Armed with that knowledge, the insurer would notify people covered by the health plan that contraceptive coverage would come directly from the insurer, with no money from or involvement by the nonprofit's health plan.

Attorneys for the groups say that shows the court recognizes that "the government's current scheme forces them to violate their religion."

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