By Lisa Sylvester (CNN)-Hobby Lobby is a chain of craft stores that started as a mom and pop shop in Oklahoma City. It has grown to a 2 billion dollar operation with 525 outlets across the country.
But it is still privately held with a corporate culture rooted in the family's Christian faith. The stores all are closed on Sunday. Now the owners are in court over their beliefs, they're fighting the new federal health care mandate.
opposed to providing coverage for employee use of the morning after
pill -which they say is tantamount to abortion. "Our basic point is the government can't put a company in a position of choosing between its faith and following the law".
The case may sound familiar: religious institutions asked for a similar exemption from providing contraception to its workers. During the health care legislation fight, there was a big division over who should get exempted. Churches have always been exempted from this, but other religious organizations have not.
Early on the fight went back and
forth and the administration finally said that religious colleges,
universities, hospitals would be included in exemption for religious
groups to not have to provide contraceptives as part of the new health
But for-profit companies - even those with strong religious ties- have not been exempted by the mandate. Hobby lobby's case is pending before the US 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.
company is up against a deadline of January 1st when its health care
plan kicks in for the new year. In less than a week Hobby Lobby is
facing incredibly stiff fines.
The government is about to start
imposing fines of 1.3 million dollars a day, I'm just going to repeat
that 1.3 million dollars a day are the fines that Hobby Lobby is facing
from the government.
The company's lawyers asked the US Supreme Court to issue a temporary injunction to avoid those fines. On Wednesday Justice Sonia Sotomayor who handles emergency appeals for the 10th circuit denied the injunction request saying the applicants failed to meet the demanding standard for the extraordinary relief.
The White House did not comment on the Hobby Lobby case, but President Obama has consistently said contraception is a private issue between a woman and her doctor not a woman and her boss.
After failing to
receive temporary relief from the fines from the US Supreme Court,
Hobby Lobby announced late Thursday that it quote "will continue to
provide health insurance to all qualified employees. To remain true to
their faith, it is not their intention, as a company, to pay for
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