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Democrat legislators are working with the Obama administration on a new bill that could essentially undo the Supreme Court’s decision in the Hobby Lobby case. The court recently ruled that “closely held” (non-publically traded) businesses with specific religious convictions did not have to pay for contraceptive coverage for their employees that they find objectionable under the Affordable Care Act. The new bill, being drafted by Congressional Democrats, would only provide the exemption to churches, houses of worship and religious non-profits. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called the, the Hobby Lobby decision “outrageous,” adding, “We’re going to do something about it. People are going to have to walk down here and vote, and if they vote with the five men on the Supreme Court, I think they’re going to be treated unfavorably come November with the elections” ... Discuss

Today, the Supreme Court will begin hearing arguments in a case that could have a significant impact on elements of President Obama’s healthcare reform law. The owners of the Hobby Lobby chain, who are Christians, have said that it is a violation of their religious values to pay for healthcare plans that would provide employees with certain methods of birth control—like the morning after pill—as required under the Affordable Care Act. Though the legislation contains a sort of exemption for non-profits regarding birth control, it does not apply to businesses. Hobby Lobby President Mart Green told NPR, "It's our rights that are being infringed upon to require us to do something against our conscience." A lawyer representing the federal government is arguing that “the 13,000 employees of the Hobby Lobby corporate enterprise aren't and should not be expected to share the religious beliefs of the Greens” ... Discuss

Opinion: Why the Hobby Lobby Hubbub Matters

Can the government require Christians to observe a business practice that compromises their faith practice? Read More