Hobby Lobby is a chain of 556 craft stores located in 45 states. The chain stores is owned and operated by the Green family, a Christian family who practice their religious beliefs in the way they run their business.
Last year, Hobby Lobby sought protection from having to comply with the contraception mandate part of Obamacare. However, the courts denied their request and left them with the paradox of violating their religious beliefs by complying with the mandate or stand firm on their Christian convictions and risk paying up to $1.3 million per fine and closing their doors.
They did what few Christians today would do and decided that their faith was more important than their business. Hobby Lobby chose to defy the federal government and not comply with the contraception mandate and face the possibility of fines and the eventual closure of their national chain of stores. In their defiance, they continued their legal battle against having to comply with the contraception mandate.
In June, a federal appeals court in Denver announced that they would allow Hobby Lobby’s appeal to move forward based on religious grounds. The court also hinted that the Green family business stood a fair chance of winning their case, saying:
“[Hobby Lobby had] drawn a line at providing coverage for drugs or devices they consider to induce abortions, and it is not for us to question whether the line is reasonable.”
Last week, Hobby Lobby finally won a temporary injunction against the contraception mandate, meaning that they will not have to face the huge fines, at least not yet. U.S. District Judge Joe Heaton in Oklahoma City, where Hobby Lobby is based, issued the temporary injunction and put the case on hold until October 1. Heaton said this would give the government time to decide whether or not they will appeal the injunction or allow it to become permanent, saying:
“There is a substantial public interest in ensuring that no individual or corporation has their legs cut out from under them while these difficult issues are resolved.”
The Beckett Fund for Religious Liberty is representing the Green family and Hobby Lobby in their case. They said that there are still over 60 legal challenges to the contraception mandate throughout the nation and that the ruling of Judge Heaton was a victory for ‘the religious liberty of all for-profit business.’
Heaton did give the federal government until October 1 to decide if they will challenge and while no statement from the government has yet been released, you can bet your bottom dollar that they will challenge the ruling. Obama and White House can’t afford to allow any for-profit company to be granted a permanent injunction against the contraception mandate. The grant to one company would open the flood gates to many other companies. Worse yet, it would undermine Obama’s dictatorial control over the nation. It would be a bourgeoisie blemish on Obama’s shiny socialist armor.
As my Australian friends would say, the battle is hotting up!