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Federal appeals court grants Hobby Lobby’s request to speed court case

A federal appeals court has granted Oklahoma City-based Hobby Lobby Stores Inc.’s request for the entire court to hear its legal challenge over part of the Affordable Care Act that requires the company to cover emergency contraceptives for its employees.

Oklahoman Published: March 30, 2013
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Hobby Lobby is poised to be the first of several companies that have challenged the contraceptives mandate in the Affordable Care Act to have its case heard by an appellate court. That also could put the company first in line to eventually have its case heard by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Hobby Lobby founder David Green and his family believe some types of emergency contraceptives, including the morning-after pill, are forms of abortion, which conflicts with the family’s Christian religious beliefs.

The federal government argues that constitutional rights to religious freedom do not apply to Hobby Lobby because the company is a secular, for-profit corporation.

by Brianna Bailey
Business Writer
Brianna Bailey has lived in Idaho, Germany and Southern California, but Oklahoma is her adopted home. She has a bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and has worked at several newspapers in Oklahoma and Southern...
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