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Supreme Court upholds religious freedom for Hobby Lobby


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6/30/2014

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ABSTRACTSupreme Court upholds religious freedom for Hobby Lobby :: Catholic News Agency (CNA) Editors Service About us Donate Spanish Portuguese Follow us: Loading News Headlines Vatican Americas Asia - Pacific US Europe Middle East - Africa Most Read Most Commented Archive Mandate Resources Abortion Advent Apologetics Benedict XVI Bible Cardinals Catechism Catholic Links Catholic Womanhood Church Fathers Holy Week Life & Family Liturgical Calendar Liturgy Mary Politics Pope Francis Prayers Sacraments Saints Virtue Tools Catholic Podcast RSS Feeds CNA TV CNA Audio Columns Bishops' Corner Book Reviews Cinemazlowski Fr. Robert Barron Guest Columnist In Good Company Led Into the Truth Movie Reviews Russell Shaw The Dispute of the Humanum The New (& the Old) Evangelization The Way of Beauty Viewpoint Documents Pope Benedict XVI Pope John Paul II Pope Paul VI Pope John XXIII Pope Pius XII Pope Pius XI Pope Pius X Pope Leo XIII Vatican II Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith Pontifical Council for the Family United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Cardinal James Francis Stafford Archbishop Charles J. Chaput Bishop Samuel J. Aquila Catholic Womanhood CNA Blog Home » News » US Supreme Court upholds religious freedom for Hobby Lobby US. Supreme Court. Washington D.C., Jun 30, 2014 / 08:17 am ( CNA/EWTN News ) .- On June 30, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Hobby Lobby and similar employers cannot be forced to comply with the federal contraception mandate against their religious beliefs. In a 5-4 decision, the court ruled that the federal government had failed to prove that the mandate was the least restrictive means of advancing its goal of providing free birth control to women. The court said that the mandate cannot be applied to closely-held corporations with religious owners who object to it. The IRS defines “closely-held corporations” as those with more than 50 percent of their stock held by five or fewer individuals. Craft giant Hobby Lobby and its owners, the Green family, had challenged a federal mandate issued under the 2010 Affordable Care Act, which requires employers to offer health insurance covering contraception, sterilization and some drugs that can cause early abortions. The Greens said that mandate would require them to violate their deeply-held Christian beliefs against facilitating abortion. Failure to comply with the mandate could have resulted in fines of more than $1 million per day. In July 2013, the Greens received a temporary court injunction protecting them from the penalties until the Supreme Court ruled on their case. Hobby Lobby has more 500 stores across the U.S. Motivated by the Green family’s Christian beliefs, the stores are closed on Sundays and the owners pay minimum wages above the national standard. The company drew support from Christian, Jewish and Hindu groups concerned about religious freedom. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops filed a brief voicing opposition to any rule that would require religiously motivated business owners to “choose between providing coverage for products and speech that violate their religious beliefs, and exposing their businesses to devastating penalties.” Over 100 members of Congress and 20 states filed legal briefs supporting Hobby Lobby, as have pro-life groups including Democrats for Life. In the same ruling, the Supreme Court also struck down the mandate as it applies to Conestoga Wood Specialties, a company owned by a Mennonite family with religious objections to the regulation. The decision could have a widespread impact in the more than 100 other religious freedom lawsuits filed against the mandate by more than 300 plaintiffs.  Tags: Contraception mandate , Religious freedom , Supreme Court , Religious liberty , HHS mandate , Hobby Lobby Ads by AdsLiveMedia( What's this? ) Share Email Print Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Digg Stumble More Destinations Related news Bishop's letter on 'language of love' finds global audience Catholic hospitals right to reject contraceptives, doctors say Court ruling on Philippines RH bill met with mixed responses More young women choosing health over birth control Related articles Archbishop Chaput’s statement on Supreme Court legalization of partial-birth abortion Se.......