Hobby Lobby wins injunction against HHS mandate [Darleen Click]
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, a federal court granted Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. a preliminary injunction against the HHS abortion-drug mandate, preventing the government from enforcing the mandate against the Christian company. This victory comes less than a month after a landmark decision by the full 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, which ruled 5-3 that Hobby Lobby can exercise religion under the First Amendment and is likely to win its case against the mandate.
“The tide has turned against the HHS mandate,” said Kyle Duncan, General Counsel with the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, and lead attorney for Hobby Lobby.
In an opinion read from the bench, the court said, “There is a substantial public interest in ensuring that no individual or corporation has their legs cut out from under them while these difficult issues are resolved.”
This is a major victory for not only Hobby Lobby, but the religious liberty of all for-profit businesses.
It should be noted that Hobby Lobby didn’t object to all birth control, but specifically to abortifacients. Yet, look how some other “news” organizations are reporting this:
Reuters “Hobby Lobby wins a stay against birth control mandate”
CBS News “Hobby Lobby wins stay against birth control mandate”
In the Reuters’ piece comes this mind-boggling bit of nonsense:
A U.S. Department of Justice spokesman had no immediate comment. The government has said contraception coverage is needed to promote public health and gender equality.
Say what? Can someone provide a translation of how telling employers exactly what they must provide their female employees by way of compensation promotes “gender equality”?Tags: first amendment, hhs, hobby lobby, mandate, obamacare