HOME > NEWSROOM > ARTICLES > Hobby Lobby Turned Down by Supreme Court, For Now

Hobby Lobby Turned Down by Supreme Court, For Now

Just after Christmas, the Supreme Court turned down a request by lawyers for Hobby Lobby for emergency relief from the HHS contraception and abortion-inducing drug mandate. Justice Sonia Sotomayor penned the decision and declared, “[W]hatever the ultimate merits of the applicants’ claims, their entitlement to relief is not ‘indisputably clear.’ …This Court has not previously addressed similar RFRA or free exercise claims brought by closely held for-profit corporations and their controlling shareholders alleging that the mandatory provision of certain employee benefits substantially burdens their exercise of religion.” Justice Sotomayor also noted ongoing action on this subject in lower courts and left the door open for another appeal to the Supreme Court once lower court judgment was final.

Kyle Duncan, General Counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which is representing Hobby Lobby, indicated that lower court appeals will continue, and in the meantime, “To remain true to their faith, it is not their intention, as a company, to pay for abortion-inducing drugs.” Hobby Lobby, a chain of more than 500 arts and crafts stores in 41 states, could face federal fines of $1.3 million per day for its stand.

  • Find Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s decision to reject the Hobby Lobby request for relief. 
  • Learn more about the case from the Becket Fund.

By Aaron Mercer, Vice President Government Relations

Published January 4, 2013

Latest News

Senator Roy Blunt Receives NRB Faith & Freedom Award

At its annual Capitol Hill Media Summit this week, NRB presented the 2015 Faith & Freedom Award to Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO).

Commissioner Pai Addresses NRB President’s Council

FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai addressed the NRB President’s Council at its annual Capitol Hill Media Summit this week.

Leading Senator Pushes Against FCC Exclusivity Plan

Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), who may well become the Senate Democrat Leader in the next Congress, sent a letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler last week urging him to reverse course on a move to eliminate network non­duplication and syndication exclusivity rules.

Focus on the Family’s 'Plugged In' Switches to Daily Format

Focus on the Family’s Plugged In feature, anchored by veteran culture analyst Bob Waliszewski, has switched to a daily minute-long format, expanding from two days to every weekday.

'The Book' Launches on 300+ Radio Outlets Nationwide

The Book, a new feature program from Museum of the Bible, launched this week on a record number of stations, reaching a million listeners in 42 states, plus the District of Columbia and Guam.

Invest in the Future of Christian Media and Your Organization! Sponsor iNRB!

For those who want to invest in and gain exposure in front of the next generation of Christian media professionals, there are unique opportunities available through the intercollegiate arm of NRB.

Millions Unite for The Day of Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem

Millions of Christians united globally for The Day of Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem (DPPJ) this past Sunday, including the hundreds gathered in the historic Christ Church in the Old City of Jerusalem

Newton Media Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Founded in 1995 by Steve Newton, who desired to provide better media service for clients in both the faith-based and DRTV space, Newton Media has grown significantly over the years with offices now in Chesapeake, VA; Dallas, TX; and Cave Creek, AZ.

Constitutionality of Internet Authority Transfer Questioned

Four key Members of Congress are asking questions about the constitutionality of the Obama Administration’s plan to transition Internet oversight authority to a private stakeholder group.

Librarian of Congress Exits

Late last week, Librarian of Congress James H. Billington made a surprise announcement that he intended to resign his post effective September 30 rather than at the end of the year, as he had declared in June.

More News