Hobby Lobby wins stay against federal health care mandate

U.S. District Judge Joe Heaton grants company's request for injunction against the Affordable Care Act.
by Brianna Bailey Modified: July 19, 2013 at 9:04 pm •  Published: July 19, 2013

The panel of eight appellate court judges who heard arguments in May ruled unanimously that Hobby Lobby and its affiliated Christian bookstore chain Mardel have the right to sue over the Affordable Care Act.

“A religious individual may enter the for-profit realm intending to demonstrate to the marketplace that a corporation can succeed financially while adhering to religious values,” the judges said in the ruling.

The ruling was a blow to the federal government's argument that as for-profit corporations, the companies cannot claim that the health care law is a violation of constitutionally protected religious freedoms.

In remarks from the bench on Friday, Heaton said he did not agree with the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals assertion that the religious freedom of for-profit corporations is protected under the U.S. Constitution and called the appellate court's view on corporations an “exotic definition of personhood.”

“We are proceeding on the basis of political fiction that corporations have the right to exercise freedom of religion,” Heaton said.

The Federal government is considering appealing the case to the U.S. Supreme Court.


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 Univerisity of Oklahoma and has worked at several newspapers in Oklahoma and Southern...
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