Judge grants injunction in Hobby Lobby case

(AP)—A federal judge is temporarily exempting Hobby Lobby Inc. from a provision in the new federal health care law that requires it to offer insurance coverage for the morning-after pill and similar birth control or face steep fines.

After hearing brief arguments Friday, U.S. District Judge Joe Heaton issued a for the Oklahoma arts and crafts chain. The judge stayed the case until Oct. 1 to give the federal government time to consider an appeal.

The Christian owners of Hobby Lobby and the Mardel Christian bookstore chain argue that their religious beliefs are so deeply rooted that having to provide every form of birth control would violate their conscience.

The hearing comes several weeks after a federal appellate court ruled Hobby Lobby was likely to win its case.

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VENDItardE
1 / 5 (5) Jul 20, 2013
this is what happens when you get "ivory tower" types passing their
"one size fits all" legislation of "daddy knows best".
Wolf358
1 / 5 (2) Aug 10, 2013
Operating by the same laws as everyone else might be too hard for them. "Wahhhhhhhhhhh! We're too christian to have to behave like Americans..."

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