Tenth Circuit Grants Hobby Lobby’s Request for Reprieve Related to Its Religious Freedom Challenge to the Federal Birth Control Mandate


NewbornA federal appeals court recently decided Hobby Lobby stores won’t have to start paying millions of dollars in fines for not complying with the federal birth-control coverage mandate. The decision allows Hobby Lobby to proceed with its constitutional challenge to the mandate.

Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. has mounted a challenge to the birth-control coverage mandate in federal court. They are that for-profit businesses — not just currently exempted religious groups — should be allowed to seek an exception if the law violates their religious beliefs.

Over 30 businesses in a number of states have challenged the birth-control coverage mandate. In response, the U.S. Department of Justice has argued that allowing for-profit corporations to be exempt from requirements which violate their religious beliefs would essentially allow the businesses to impose their religious beliefs on employees.

The appellate court’s decision is important for business owners throughout the United States who are concerned about how far the government can delve into managing their businesses and mandating actions.

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