Today, the Supreme Court ruled in the Hobby Lobby case that both employers and employees should be free to choose when it comes to conscience and healthcare. The government cannot impose laws upon family businesses, such as Hobby Lobby, that would force them to violate their conscience and deeply held religious beliefs.
The HHS mandate, which would have forced Hobby Lobby to pay for sterilizations, contraception and drugs that have the potential to destroy an unborn child, forced family businesses like Hobby Lobby to choose between violating their convictions or paying fines of up to $100 per employee per day if they did not comply.
Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Anthony Kennedy joined Justice Samuel Alito, who wrote the majority opinion in favor of Hobby Lobby.
We are thankful that the Court ruled in favor of the religious freedom of American business owners, and hope that this will also lead to favorable rulings in similar cases for non-profits and religious groups.
Quick Facts about the Hobby Lobby Ruling
In conclusion, although it is a victory, it is merely a small step in the right direction. The Court missed an opportunity to set a high standard for religious liberty, rather than merely slowing the erosion of this fundamental right. We are still grateful for this decision, but look forward to a time when the Court will be much more forceful for liberty.