Religiously devout employers who object to insuring contraceptives for their employees under President Obamaâ€™s new health care law are closer to resolving â€” either through compromise or through the courts â€” 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 employeesâ€™ 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 â€” a decision that religious opponents of the mandate lauded as their most significant legal victory to date.
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