Hobby Lobby Ruling ‘Victory for Religious Freedom’

Posted By on July 1, 2014

WASHINGTON — In a victory for Hobby Lobby, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that profit-seeking businesses such as the arts and crafts chain can hold religious views under federal law.

The Oklahoma-based company is owned by the Green family, who are devout Christians. They said Obamacare’s mandate requiring they provide insurance coverage for all forms of birth control violates their religious rights.

The court agreed.

“RFRA applies to regulations that govern the activities of closely held for profit corporations like Conestoga and Hobby Lobby” and the “HHS contraceptive mandate substantially burdens the exercise of religion,” Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito wrote for the majority.

“The government has failed to show that the contraceptive mandate is the least restrictive means of furthering that interest,” Alito said.

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