Monday, June 30, 2014

SCOTUS decides Hobby Lobby / Conestoga Wood this morning

Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Burwell presented the question:  Whether the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 (RFRA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 2000bb et seq., which provides that the government “shall not substantially burden a person’s exercise of religion” unless that burden is the least restrictive means to further a compelling governmental interest, allows a for-profit corporation to deny its employees the health coverage of contraceptives to which the employees are otherwise entitled by federal law, based on the religious objections of the corporation’s owners.

In a 5 - 4 decision the court held that as applied to closely held corporations, the HHS regulations imposing the contraceptive mandate violate RFRA. 

SCOTUSblog has an overview and analysis of the issues and links to many documents including amicus briefs.

The opinion of the court is here.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

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