For Immediate Release June 30, 2014
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Hobby Lobby Litigator Josh Hawley: ‘U.S. Supreme Court Affirms Religious Liberties; Enormous Victory for Personal Freedom’
Columbia, Mo. – The United States Supreme Court today voted to uphold the right of business people to practice their faith at work in what is the most important victory for religious liberty in decades.
“Today’s decision is an enormous victory for personal freedom in America,” said Josh Hawley, Missouri Liberty Project founder and president who helped represent Hobby Lobby at the Supreme Court. “This decision confirms that people of conscience are welcome in business and that all Americans have the right to follow their moral and social convictions in every walk of life. The Obama Administration was wrong to assault this freedom. The Constitution has won out today.”
The case, Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, concerns Obama Administration rules that would have forced business owners to fund abortion-inducing drugs. The Green family, who own Hobby Lobby, object to abortion on religious grounds and filed suit to defend their constitutional right not to be forced to violate their faith. Hawley noted that Hobby Lobby has offered contraceptive coverage under their employee health care plans for years. The Greens objected to providing coverage only for a small class of drugs that act as abortifacients, in direct violation of their religious beliefs.
Hobby Lobby was represented by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, where Hawley is senior counsel. Hawley praised the Green family for their courage in fighting for the personal freedom for all Americans.
“It has been an exceptional privilege to join my Becket Fund colleagues in representing Hobby Lobby and the Green family,” Hawley said. “They are remarkable people. And because of their courage, personal freedom and religious liberty are safer today for all Americans.”
|Missouri Liberty Project