Oklahoma City, OK (PRWEB) January 29, 2014
Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. and its owners, the Green family, today hailed the filing of 56 supporting friend-of-the-court briefs in the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case of Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby –- including one from Congressional supporters of a religious liberty law central to the case.
Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby involves the religious objections of Hobby Lobby and its owners, David and Barbara Green and their family. While the Greens’ health insurance provides 16 of the 20 contraceptive drugs and devices mandated by the Affordable Care Act, the Greens object to including four because they are potentially life-terminating, in violation of the family’s faith.
The Greens view the broad support of their position, expressed in friend-of-the-court briefs as a “strong affirmation of our right to live out our deeply held beliefs in our family business.”
“We are deeply grateful for the enormous outpouring of support,” said David Green, founder of the 28,000-employee company based in Oklahoma City. “The intellectual vigor invested in the documents and the breadth of scholars, religious leaders and elected officials who filed them is extraordinary.
“We are thankful to all of our supporters who filed 56 of the 81 briefs submitted to the court,” Green said. “And we are heartened by the unity of such a diverse group who share our belief in religious liberty.”
The supporters filing briefs with the High Court by the midnight filing deadline included:
The Greens case, number 13-356, reached the nation’s highest court after federal appeals court held in favor of the Green family in June 2013. The district court issued an injunction the following month, and in November, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear the case after the federal government appealed. Oral arguments are set for March 25, and a decision is expected by the end of June.
Hobby Lobby and the Green Family are represented by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, and a full list of amicus filers and their briefs can be found at http://www.becketfund.org/hobbylobbyamicus/.
For more information and updates, please visit http://www.hobbylobbycase.com.