WASHINGTON, D.C. (Worthy News)-- In a 5-4 ruling the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties saying that corporations cannot be forced to provide contraception coverage for their employees. The court determined that federal law protects the two families from being forced to act contrary to their beliefs.
In a majority opinion the Supreme Court said:
"In holding that the HHS (Health and Human Services) mandate is unlawful, we reject HHS's argument that the owners of the companies forfeited all RFRA (Religious Freedom Restoration Act) protection when they decided to organize their businesses as corporations rather than sole proprietorships or general partnerships," the majority opinion in the two cases states. "The plain terms of RFRA make it perfectly clear that Congress did not discriminate in this way against men and women who wish to run their businesses as for-profit corporations in the manner required by their religious beliefs."
"Americans don't surrender their freedom by opening a family business. In its decision today, the Supreme Court affirmed that all Americans, including family business owners, must be free to live and work consistently with their beliefs without fear of punishment by the government," said David Cortman, senior counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom.
"In a free and diverse society, we respect the freedom to live out our convictions. For the Hahns and the Greens, that means not being forced to participate in distributing potentially life-terminating drugs and devices," Cortman concluded.