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Hobby Lobby: CAC Attorneys In Supreme Court This Morning React To Argument

March 25, 2014
SUPREME COURT PLAZA, Washington, DC – Minutes following the conclusion of oral argument in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores at the U.S. Supreme Court, Constitutional Accountability Center attorneys, who led the drafting of a "friend of the court" brief in the case on the side of the government, issued the following reaction:
"As Solicitor General Verrilli argued repeatedly," said CAC Chief Counsel Elizabeth Wydra, "never in our Nation's history has a commercial enterprise been granted an exemption from a neutral law when that exemption would harm the rights of others. The Solicitor General put the rights of Hobby Lobby's employees front and center, while the lawyer for Hobby Lobby tried to sweep them under the rug.
"As made clear from the first question asked by Justice Sotomayor," Wydra continued, "this case is about more than contraception. If Hobby Lobby prevails, businesses could try to avoid paying for medical treatments like vaccines and blood transfusions, and avoid important legal protections for family leave and against sex discrimination. This clearly concerned the Justices, and Hobby Lobby's lawyer, Paul Clement, really had no answer for it."
"The big question at the heart of the case," said CAC Civil Rights Director David Gans, "is whether Hobby Lobby's owners will be entitled to impose their religious beliefs on Hobby Lobby's employees and deny them federal rights critical to women's health. Employees," Gans said, "should not have to check their personal liberty and human dignity at the workplace door."
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