Hobby Lobby Can't Block Health Law's Contraception Mandate

Law360, New York (November 19, 2012, 10:55 PM EST) -- An Oklahoma federal judge rejected a bid Monday by Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. to stop the enforcement of the Affordable Care Act's contraception rule, finding that the for-profit Christian-affiliated store does not have free religious exercise rights under the First Amendment.

U.S. District Judge Joe Heaton said that although the family that owns the arts and crafts chain has those constitutional rights, the corporations they own do not. The company had railed against the mandate, claiming it violates its constitutional rights and Christian beliefs by forcing...
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