10th Circuit: For-profit corporations have religious rights

The court made its argument as part of the Hobby Lobby contraception case

Corporations are people for political purposes, but can they also be religious? That’s what the 10th Circuit seemed to suggest in a ruling related to Hobby Lobby Stores’ battle over contraception coverage.

The arts and crafts chain, along with its sister company Mardel Inc., are challenging the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that companies either provide insurance coverage for contraception or pay a stiff penalty for failing to do so. The stores, whose owners are Christian, argue that the insurance mandate violates their First Amendment right to freedom of religion and their rights under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Alanna Byrne

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