Letters to the Editor

July 6, 2014

Jones: The Supreme Court’s wobbly Hobby Lobby decision

Does Walmart believe in God? Can General Motors pray? Most of us would not imagine that corporations have religious rights, but that’s not what the Supreme Court says. On Monday, the high court ruled in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby that certain private companies do not have to provide their employees with contraceptive coverage, as mandated by the Affordable Care Act, if the company owners object to contraception on religious grounds. Fortunately, the ruling applies only to “closely held” companies, which legally means those with more than half of their stock owned by fewer than five people. Unfortunately, this includes about 90 percent of businesses and 52 percent of workers in this country.

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