HOME > NEWSROOM > ARTICLES > Supreme Court Makes Major Rulings


Supreme Court Makes Major Rulings

Supreme CourtThe nation will have to wait until Monday for the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on the religious freedom challenge of two faith-based businesses, Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties, against the Obama Administration’s mandate that all new health plans cover contraception, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs.  However, the Court did issue several other important decisions this week. 

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court delivered a blow to Aereo with a 6-3 ruling essentially stating that the television streaming start-up company’s business model of capturing over-the-air TV broadcast signals and delivering them online for a fee was in violation of copyright law.  Writing for the majority of the Court, Justice Stephen Breyer stated that Aereo's activities were "substantially similar" to that of a cable company and it was "not simply an equipment provider."  However, in his dissent, joined by Justices Thomas and Alito, Justice Scalia criticized this "crude ‘looks-like-cable-TV’" reasoning.  He agreed with the concern about Aereo’s business model, but believed “the proper course is not to bend and twist the Act’s terms in an effort to produce a just outcome, but to apply the law as it stands and leave to Congress the task of deciding whether the Copyright Act needs an upgrade.”

On Thursday, the Justices delivered two more rulings, both unanimous.  One declared a Massachusetts law requiring buffer zones around abortion clinics to be in violation of the First Amendment.  The other determined that President Obama did not have the authority to avoid the Senate confirmation process by “recess appointing” commissioners to the National Labor Relations Board when the Senate considered itself to be in session.  Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who led 44 Senate colleagues in an amicus brief in this separation of powers case, stated, “[T]he Court’s decision is a clear rebuke of the administration’s behavior. The President made an unprecedented power grab by placing political allies at a powerful federal agency while the Senate was meeting regularly and without even bothering to wait for its advice and consent. A unanimous Supreme Court has rejected this brazen power-grab.”

The last day of the Supreme Court’s session will be Monday.  A decision on the cases of Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties is expected that morning.

By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations

Published: June 27, 2014

Latest News

Heritage Analyst Says ‘Cultural Cronyism’ Is Harming Nation

America’s cultural health is declining in most categories, although societal and governmental work has made a difference in a few cases, a think tank fellow told Christian media and ministry professionals Thursday.

Alistair Begg to Christian Broadcasters: Be Faithful in Proclaiming the Story

Christ-followers must “be bold, be clear, and be about the business,” Alistair Begg told a gathering of Christian media and ministry professionals Wednesday, saying it is fruitless to curse the darkness or to embrace it.

Mariam Ibraheem Receives NRB President’s Award for Her Enduring Faith in Christ

Ibraheem, who spent six months in a prison in Sudan because she refused to renounce Christ, was at the National Religious Broadcasters’ 2015 International Christian Media Convention to be recognized for her stalwart faith.

NRB Hosts Second Annual Digital Media Summit

Speaking at the summit were Guy Kawasaki, Justin Wise, Ed Stetzer, and Lord Robert Edmiston. In addition, Eric Metaxas moderated a panel featuring Katie Harbath, Casey Short, and Shalini Trehan.

Dennis Rainey Highlights 7 Nonnegotiables for Christians

FamilyLife President Dennis Rainey offered “seven nonnegotiables” for Christians on the spiritual battlefield during the Media Excellence Dinner on February 25 at the NRB 2015 International Christian Media Convention.

New FRC/NRB Survey Finds Support for Traditional Marriage

Contrary to the narrative that most Americans have accepted the “inevitability” of same-sex marriage, a new survey released February 24 finds broad support for traditional marriage and protection of those who hold such views.

America on Verge of Collapse, Says Robert Jeffress at NRB15

America will soon collapse from “explosive” decisions made over the last 50 years that have undermined the nation, Dallas pastor Robert Jeffress told Christian media and ministry professionals at the National Religious Broadcasters' International Christian Media Convention.

Dr. Billy Kim: Christians Must Be Faithful in Prayer and Proclaiming Christ

Dr. Billy Kim, who has been called the Billy Graham of Asia, reminded Christian media and ministry professionals at the National Religious Broadcasters’ annual convention that they are co-laborers for Christ.

Steve Forbes Tells Christian Media Leaders Free Market System is Moral

The free market system is moral because those who operate businesses within it “succeed by meeting the needs of other people,” Steve Forbes told attendees February 24 at the National Religious Broadcasters’ International Christian Media Convention.

Roma Downey, Mark Burnett Preview ‘A.D. The Bible Continues’ at NRB15

If Roma Downey and Mark Burnett were strangers to any members of the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) in 2012, their 10-part production of The Bible, which aired on the History Channel in 2013, appears to have earned them a strong following among the broadcasters today.

More News