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In its closely watched Hobby Lobby decision, the Supreme Court held that business owners with religious objections to birth control may defy federal rules requiring most employers to include contraceptive care in their health plans. According to SCOTUSBlog, this holding appears limited to closely held corporations such as Hobby Lobby, which is operated by a single wealthy family.
Monday’s decision tears down a longstanding rule providing that religious liberty cannot be wielded to tear down the rights of others, especially in the employment context. As the Supreme Court held in its 1982 United States v. Lee decision, “[w]hen followers of a particular sect enter into commercial activity as a matter of choice, the limits they accept on their own conduct as a matter of conscience and faith are not to be superimposed on the statutory schemes which are binding on others in that activity.” It is not yet clear, however, how far the Court went in tearing down this rule. As SCOTUSBlog explains, the Court’s opinion “strongly suggests it would reject broad religious claims to, for example, discriminate against gay employees.”
More analysis can be found here: “The Bait-And-Switch Behind Today’s Hobby Lobby Decision.”