Hobby Lobby Solidifies 'Major Victory' against HHS Contraceptive Mandate

(UPDATED) Justice Department won't oppose small-business injunctions, upping the odds that Supreme Court will weigh in on employer-provided contraceptives.

Update (Aug. 15): The Department of Justice (DOJ) will not oppose an injunction granted to a Catholic-owned small business, favoring a different suit as a test case in the D.C. appeals court. As part of the DOJ's strategy, it also has announced that it will not oppose injunctions granted to other religiously owned small businesses pending a decision in the Gilardi v. Sebelius case.

Emily Hardman, communications director for The Becket Fund, which represents many of the cases currently making their way through the courts, says it is inevitable that the Supreme Court eventually will hear at least one of them.

"The case that is furthest along—and the one that scored the most dramatic victory against the mandate—is the Hobby Lobby case," Hardman told CT in an email. "The government is considering whether to seek Supreme Court review in that case as we speak, and we should know whether it will next month."

Meanwhile, Colorado Christian University has ...

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