Monday, June 30, 2014

Breaking: SCOTUS Affords Religious Exemption to Obamacare Contraceptive Mandate for Certain Employers

Well, it has been a big day at SCOTUS. Now, we have the opinions in Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood. The introductory paragraph from Justice Alito's majority opinion:
We must decide in these cases whether the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 (RFRA), 107 Stat. 1488, 42 U. S. C. §2000bb et seq., permits the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to demand that three closely held corporations provide health-insurance coverage for methods of contraception that violate the sincerely held religious beliefs of the companies’ owners. We hold that the regulations that impose this obligation violate RFRA, which prohibits the Federal Government from taking any action that substantially burdens the exercise of religion unless that action constitutes the least restrictive means of serving a compelling government interest.
I'll need some time to digest the full opinion - but that's the gist of it.