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.
The White House suffered its twelfth unanimous defeat since 2012 when the Supreme Court ruled against the Obama administration saying it exceeded its authority in recess appointments, suggesting the High Court has "rejected the Obama Administration's calls for greater executive power," Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said.
The September 11 Memorial Museum opened last month controversially as a 17-foot-tall steel beam 'cross' was part of its exhibit. However, atheists find the cross objectionable and filed a lawsuit to have it removed. Now, a federal appeals court told the atheist group they must provide a better explanation why the artifact is offensive and violates members' constitutional rights.