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 ...1