Messer On Hobby Lobby Ruling: “Victory For Religious Freedom”
By Mike Perleberg
Update posted at 12:36 p.m.:
U.S. Senator Dan Coats (R-IN) issued this statement on the U.S. Supreme Court ‘s ruling about contraception coverage in the Affordable Care Act:
“Freedom of religion is a core American principle guaranteed by the First Amendment, and today the Supreme Court affirmed that this administration cannot pick and choose when to adhere to the Constitution. Employers like Hobby Lobby should not be forced to take actions contrary to their moral and religious beliefs. While I celebrate today’s ruling, religious freedom remains under attack across our country. Whether it is faith-based Hoosier food banks and homeless shelters or the University of Notre Dame, we are seeing the free exercise of religion constrained and restricted in too many instances. I will continue to stand up for these fundamental rights.”
Original story posted at 12:25 p.m.:
(Washington, D.C.) – The U.S. Supreme Court says some private companies with religious objections do not have to provide prescription contraceptive coverage to employees.
Monday’s 5-4 decision deals a blow to the birth control mandate in the healthcare reform law. Conestoga, along with arts and crafts chain store Hobby Lobby, challenged the requirement, arguing that it violates religious freedom.
The mandate in the law applies to companies with 50 or more employees. The high court’s limited ruling applies to “closely-held” companies, which are private entities that are owned by only a few people.
In 2012, the Supreme Court ruled that the overall healthcare reform law – President Obama’s signature legislative accomplishment – is constitutional.
Indiana congressman Luke Messer (R-IN 6), who has called for a full repeal of the Affordable Care Act, welcomed the court’s newest ruling on Obamacare.
“Today’s decision is a significant victory for religious freedom. This ruling means that the Federal government can’t force those who own and operate family-run businesses to choose between following their faith or complying with a law that is inconsistent with their religious beliefs. I’m glad to see the court calling balls and strikes and protecting every Americans’ individual liberty from executive overreach,” Messer said in a statement.
Fellow tri-state area Republican Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY 4) echoed Messer’s sentiments saying in a Facebook post that Americans should be free to live and work according to their beliefs without fear of punishment by the government.
“No American family should be forced to choose between following their faith and submitting to unnecessary government mandates,” Massie stated.
Attorney for Conestoga Wood Specialties Casey Maddox said the ruling shows that religious freedom has not been vanquished.
“We still live in a country where people are free to live out their faith both in their churches and outside their churches. You cannot be forced into a government-created hole where you are allowed to practice your religious liberty,” said Maddox.