[h3]”“NARROW” RULING COULD HAVE SWEEPING EFFECT[/h3]In a 5–4 decision, the US Supreme Court ruled on Monday that requiring family-owned corporations to pay for insurance coverage for contraception violated a 1993 federal law protecting religious freedom.
The ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, No. 13–354, and Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Burwell, No. 13–356, deals with the lawfulness of a part of the Affordable Care Act that requires many employers to provide insurance coverage for contraception.
The decision, while narrowly applying only to closely-held corporations, traditionally the type held by families, will likely have sweeping effect because most employees in the United States work for small businesses.
This is the first time that the Supreme Court has decided that corporations enjoy the right of religious freedom.
The text of the decision can be found here.