After Supreme Court Case, Life Returns to Normal for Hobby Lobby’s Green Family

(Photo: Courtesy of The Becket Fund) Hobby Lobby co-founder Barbara Green accepts the Canterbury Medal for Excellence in Religious Liberty May 7, 2015.
(Photo: Courtesy of The Becket Fund)
Hobby Lobby co-founder Barbara Green accepts the Canterbury Medal for Excellence in Religious Liberty May 7, 2015.

Almost a year after arts and crafts giant Hobby Lobby first celebrated the company’s successful defense of religious freedom in the landmark Hobby Lobby v. Burwell case in the U.S. Supreme Court last June, the store’s co-founder David Green says life is now mostly back to normal for his family and their nearly 700 store locations after a tumultuous two years of litigation.

“It has settled down, every time we opened the store we had a lot of people making noise but it’s beginning to settle down,” Green told The Christian Post in an interview during the Becket Fund’s Canterbury Medal Dinner for Excellence in Religious Freedom last Thursday in New York City.

June 30 will mark the one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling in favor of David Green, his wife Barbara, and their store, Hobby Lobby, in the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby case.

On Sept. 12, 2012, according to a summary of the case, the Greens, as representatives of Hobby Lobby Stores, sued Kathleen Sebelius, the then secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, and challenged the contraception requirement of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act popularly known as “Obamcare.” The plaintiffs argued that the requirement that the employment-based group healthcare plan cover abortion-inducing drugs violated the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993.

In the opinion delivered by Justice Samuel Alito, “the Court held that Congress intended for the RFRA to be read as applying to corporations since they are composed of individuals who use them to achieve desired ends. Because the contraception requirement forces religious corporations to fund what they consider abortion, which goes against their stated religious principles, or face significant fines, it creates a substantial burden that is not the least restrictive method of satisfying the government’s interests,” explained the summary provided by oyez.org.

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SOURCE: The Christian Post
Emma Koonse

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