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July 7, 2014

Supreme Court ruling highlights political disparity

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“Things are not always how you hear them in a sound bite,” she said. “This isn't out of nowhere — but the RFRA had never been interpreted to religious beliefs before. In this case, the court found that requiring Hobby Lobby to provide insurance that included forms of contraception went against their religious beliefs.”

How the Supreme Court's decision will affect similar pending litigation remains to be determined. There are 100 cases filed by 315 plaintiffs awaiting verdicts across the country, according to The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.

Of those cases, 51 involve non-profit entities including universities, religious charities and dioceses. The remaining 49 involve for-profit corporations. Some object to the same four contraceptive methods as Hobby Lobby — “morning after” pills and intrauterine devices, or IUDs — but others object to all 20 mandated forms of birth control.

As Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said in her dissent against the Hobby Lobby ruling, “The court, I fear, has ventured into a minefield.”



REPUBLICANS APPLAUD RELIGIOUS VICTORY

Texas Republicans say the court’s 5-4 decision is a “victory for religious freedom” — and as a victory against “Obamacare,” a slur for the Affordable Care Act.

“As a conservative leader, I applaud this ruling as yet another indication of the failings of Obamacare and as an affirmation of essential freedoms we enjoy under the U.S. Constitution,” Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst said in a release.

Attorney General Greg Abbott said in a release that the ruling was a “another blow to the heavy-handed way the Obama Administration has tried to force” the Affordable Care Act on Americans.

“Once again, the Supreme Court has stricken down an overreaching regulation by the Obama Administration — and once again Obamacare has proven to be an illegal intrusion into the lives of so many Americans across the country,” Abbott said.

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