Do Corporations Have Religious Rights? New Crux of Contraceptives Court Fight

Question takes center stage as appeals courts consider contraceptive mandate lawsuits, including Hobby Lobby's.

For-profit companies are still not exempt from the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) employer-provided contraceptives mandate, but that could change if Hobby Lobby successfully argues its case in federal court.

In the highest-profile of 60 lawsuits of this nature, the retail-craft giant asked the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals for an exemption from the HHS mandate Thursday, arguing that for-profit business owners "shouldn't face fines for not complying with mandatory contraceptive coverage simply because their business makes a profit."

It's an argument that courts previously have been hesitant to address, because it means weighing in on a key question, which CT addressed in February: Do corporations have federal religious freedom protection under the First Amendment?

According to the Pew Forum for Religion and Public Life, individuals and faith-based organizations have clear religious liberty protections. When it comes to for-profit companies owned by Christians, however, things ...

Subscriber access only You have reached the end of this Article Preview
To continue reading, subscribe now. Subscribers have full digital access.
Already a CT subscriber?
or your full digital access.
July/August
Subscribe to CT and get one year free.

Read These Next

hide this
Access The Archives

In the Archives

This article is available to CT subscribers only. To continue reading, please subscribe. You'll get immediate access to this article and the entire Christianity Today archives.

Subscribe

Already a subscriber?
or to continue reading.