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Movsesian on Reach of Hobby Lobby Decision

In the Media
Tuesday, July 1, 2014

ANALYSIS: Hobby Lobby beat the contraception mandate. Here's why the nuns may not
By David Gibson | Religion News Service
The Washington Post

When the Supreme Court on Monday (June 30) issued a split decision narrowly backing the right of for-profit corporations to deny contraception coverage to their employees for religious reasons, many assumed that faith-based nonprofits would have it easy when their own cases eventually reach the high court.

Yet many analysts say that in fact what worked for Hobby Lobby — the national craft store giant owned by the Green family, who are evangelical Christians — may not necessarily work for the Little Sisters, who operate nursing homes for the poor around the country.

The nuns are the main plaintiff for a range of religious nonprofits and institutions who argue, in cases that paralleled the claims of for-profit businesses, that complying with the Obama administration’s mandate to provide free birth control coverage would violate their religious freedom because they object to contraception.

And at First Things, a conservative journal of religion and politics, St. John’s University law professor Mark Movsesian conceded that “the language [of the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision] here is a bit opaque and may cause trouble in future.”

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