Divided Supreme Court Hears Hobby Lobby’s Challenge to the Contraceptive Mandate

 Image

AP Photo

 TheWire: The Supreme Court heard arguments for two controversial challenges to the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate yesterday. Based on the initial consensus of reporters who were in the room, it looks like the court, as expected, is either divided on the Hobby Lobby and Contestoga challenges to the mandate, or slightly sympathetic to at least part of the challengers’ arguments.

Judge Nap with Martha McCallum:

Video:  Supreme Court Oral Arguments Today In Hobby Lobby Contraception Case – America’s Newsroom

Video:  Hobby Lobby demonstrators brave the Washington, D.C., snow  

Justices Scalia, Alito, and Thomas (we assume), were broadly sympathetic to the challengers’ arguments, while the three female justices — Kagan, Sotomayor, and Ginsburg were sympathetic to the government’s case. The trio dominated questioning during the challengers’ oral arguments. Assuming Breyer votes with the liberal wing and Roberts goes with the conservatives, that leaves Kennedy as a key swing vote.

There are multiple questions at play here, and the court could end up with a narrower or mixed decision. Reuters, for instance, speculated that a majority could rule that corporations have a right to make religious claims, but that the contraceptive mandate itself does not merit one. The AP’s initial take was simply that the court was “divided.”

As for a possible narrower ruling, the Wall Street Journal has this note:

Chief Justice Roberts appeared to tip his hand when he told Mr. Verrilli that the parade of horribles — all kinds of religious exemptions being claimed by all sorts of employers, punching holes in the uniform application of the laws — could be avoided by a ruling limited to closely held enterprises, like S corporations that pass their earnings through to their shareholders. That would leave the issue of, say, an Exxon claiming religious freedom rights to another day. Later, Justice Breyer suggested he might be open to that type of resolution.

But we’ll have to wait for the actual opinion to know what the justices are really thinking.

Video: Hobby Lobby founders encouraged following Supreme Court arguments

Video:  Sen Ted Cruz Speaks on Hobby Lobby Case

Related:

The War Against Christianity: The United States of America Vs. Hobby Lobby 

About Ask Marion

I am a babyboomer and empty nester who savors every moment of my past and believes that it is the responsibility of each of us in my generation and Americans in general to make sure that America is as good or even a better place for future generations as it was for us. So far... we haven't done very well!! Favorite Quotes: "The first 50 years are to build and acquire; the second 50 are to leave your legacy"; "Do something that scares you every day!"; "The journey in between what you once were and who you are becoming is where the dance of life really takes place". At age 62 I find myself fighting inoperable uterine Cancer and thanks to the man upstairs and the prayers from so many people including many of my readers from AskMarion and JustOneMorePet... I'm beating it. After losing our business because of the economy and factors related to the re-election of President Obama in 2012 followed by 16-mos of job hunting, my architect-trained husband is working as a trucker and has only been home approximately 5-days a month since I was diagnosed, which has made everything more difficult and often lonely... plus funds are tight. Our family medical deductible is 12K per year for two of us; thank you ObamaCare. But thanks to donations from so many of you, we are making ends meet as I go through treatment while taking care of my father-in-law who is suffering from late stage Alzheimer's and my mother-in-law who suffers from RA and onset dementia as well as hearing loss, for which there are no caretaker funds, as I continue the fight here online to inform and help restore our amazing country. And finally I need to thank a core group of family, friends, and readers... all at a distance, who check in with me regularly. Plus, I must thank my furkids who have not left my side through this fight. You can see them at JustOneMorePet.
This entry was posted in Constitution, Economy and Money, Freedom, Get Involved, Health and wellness, Knowledge Is Power, manipulation of the public, News and politics, Patriotism, Politics, Religion and Faith, You Be the Judge and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

3 Responses to Divided Supreme Court Hears Hobby Lobby’s Challenge to the Contraceptive Mandate

  1. Pingback: ObamaCare’s Tough Day in Court | askmarion

  2. Pingback: The Wrap at Ask Marion 3.23.14 Thru 3.30.14 | askmarion

  3. Pingback: Forum: Have Your Views On Same Sex Marriage Changed Recently? | askmarion

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s