Resolution on contraceptive coverage getting closer for religious employers

July 23, 2013

Religiously devout employers who object to insuring contraceptives for their employees under President Obama’s new health care law are closer to resolving — either through compromise or through the courts — their long-standing fight with the Obama administration under the banner of religious freedom.

Georgetown University last week accepted an olive branch from the Obama administration that puts up a firewall between religious nonprofits and insurance for their employees’ birth control, while a court in Oklahoma on Friday nudged the issue toward a Supreme Court showdown on behalf of for-profit companies that have not been given similar leeway.

A federal district judge granted Hobby Lobby, a crafts store chain based in Oklahoma City, a preliminary injunction from the mandate until the merits of its case are decided in court — a decision that religious opponents of the mandate lauded as their most significant legal victory to date.

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