Court Rules Companies Have Religious Rights

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit said today that companies, whether for profit or not, have religious rights. Arts and crafts chain Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. and Christian bookstore chain Mardel Inc. challenged a part of the 2010 healthcare overhaul requiring that employee health insurance plans include free contraceptive coverage. The court sent the case back to a federal district judge for further consideration but ruled that the two companies could likely make their case although it stopped short of blocking the contraceptive mandate. The Wall Street Journal law blog has the story (Subscription required.)