Hobby Lobby Scores Victory for Religious Liberty

This week the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Oklahoma craft store chain, Hobby Lobby, finding that the Obama Administration HHS contraceptive mandate, as it applies to closely held corporations, violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993.

“This is an important decision that recognizes and respects the reality of religious practice in the work place,” said Tyler McClay, General Counsel for the MCC, in a press release issued after the decision on Monday.  “Most people operating closely-held, family businesses in America expect to be able to do so in a manner consistent with their religious beliefs without facing crushing fines and penalties.  The U.S. Supreme Court today validated that expectation.”

The court’s ruling left open the question as to whether the HHS contraceptive mandate is valid as applied to publically traded corporations, or to non-profit corporations operated by religious organizations.  Lawsuits brought by non-profits serving the public in accord with their religious tenets are ongoing and will likely be addressed in the next year.
Posted: July 3, 2014

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