In the wake of new legislation insisting that employers must provide healthcare to full-time employees, many business owners sought an exemption. It wasn’t just that they believed they shouldn’t be bound by the same laws as everybody else. No, they thought they shouldn’t be bound by the same laws as everybody else because their objections were religious. Strange, no employer has ever tried to use this as a way to get out of the obligation to pay employees overtime. Think of all the money a Christian business owner could save!
Anyway, a ruling just got handed down stating the obvious (which, sadly, must be fought for): it doesn’t matter if you’re a Christian, you still have to obey the law.
A U.S. appeals court ruled Tuesday that a for-profit manufacturing corporation must cover birth control in its employee health plan despite the religious beliefs of the company’s owners.
The decision from the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals represents a victory for the Obama administration in a series of ongoing fights over the contraception policy, which critics see as a violation of religious freedom.