In a 5 to 4 decision, the Supreme Court has ruled that closely held corporations cannot be forced to provide contraception coverage, or be required to do anything else that may violate the religious beliefs of the owners, shareholders, or employees. Keep in mind that Hobby Lobby does provide contraception coverage for their employees, just not via the abortifacient methods that they said violated their conscience for religious reasons. [Read more…]
Over at the SCOTUS Blog, Lyle Denniston called it “one hearing, two dramas.”
The Supreme Court, in a one-hour, twenty-eight-minute session Tuesday, staged something like a two-act play on a revolving stage: first the liberals had their chance and Justice Anthony M. Kennedy gave them some help, and then the scene shifted entirely, and the conservatives had their chance — and, again, Kennedy provided them with some support. [Read more…]
It’s temporary, so look for the Administration to raise this ship from the bottom again. The Los Angeles Times reports, [Read more…]
Yesterday, longtime US News & World Report columnist Jamie Stiehm posted an anti-Catholic screed regarding the controversy stirred up by Justice Sotomayor’s stay protecting the Little Sisters of the Poor from the dictates of the HHS Mandate.
Today, in what I reckon is a move to not show favoritism towards Ms. Stiehm’s skewed viewpoint, they have given Sister Mary Ann Walsh, Director of Media Relations at the USCCB, a forum as well. [Read more…]
When the rulings came down, the flag went up at the CA AG’s website. Here is General Harris’s statement given during a presser.