Sorry, Hobby Lobby, You're No Religious Organization
Judge denies company's request to skirt birth control requirement
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 20, 2012 9:24 AM CST
Customers walk to a Hobby Lobby store in Dallas on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012.   (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

(Newser) – Hobby Lobby asked a judge to release it from the ObamaCare requirement that will force it to provide insurance coverage for the morning-after pill, but there's just one problem: Hobby Lobby isn't a religious organization, the judge pointed out yesterday when denying the chain's request. The arts and crafts store, along with sister company Mardel, sued the government in September, saying the ObamaCare requirement violates the religious beliefs of their Christian owners. The suit compared the morning-after pill to abortion, the AP reports; the stores also objected to coverage for some intrauterine devices.

In his ruling, the judge acknowledged that churches have been released from such birth control provisions, but "Hobby Lobby and Mardel are not religious organizations," and he found no case that granted "secular, for-profit corporations ... a constitutional right to the free exercise of religion." The companies plan to appeal. Hobby Lobby, which is closed on Sundays and calls itself a "biblically-founded business," is the biggest business to file a lawsuit against ObamaCare, the AP notes.

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Oct 27, 2015 10:28 PM CDT
You bigots feeling stupid in hindsight, yet? No, of course not. You don't care about what the Constitution says. You only care about your brand of tyranny. This judge is a scumbag and SCOTUS rightly overturned this garbage. First amendment rights aren't just for churches, despite what you ignorant, bigoted lot think.
Jan 13, 2013 12:28 PM CST
I am so sick to my stomach. David you have lost a customer. I just found Hobby Lobby and have been so excited to find such a great store. I had soooo much fun shopping. It is 1 1/2 hours from my home and had planned to take all the ladies in my family for a day outing to have fun at Hobby Lobby. You disgust me on forcing your religious nonsense on your employees. If they are working for you, they probably don't make enough money to pay for extra expenses. Take your religious values home not in the workplace. I will not be sharing your store with anyone I know and I will not be back. Even more sick to my stomach now.
Nov 23, 2012 4:20 PM CST
Hey, where do you think all the plastic flowers on the alter came from?