Hobby Lobby wins temporary exemption from birth-control mandate


The store's owners, who are conservative Christians, say the contraception mandate violates their First Amendment rights to religious freedom by forcing them to provide a product they find immoral.

The policy — which the Obama administration finalized on Friday — requires most employers to include contraceptives in their employees' healthcare plans without a co-pay or deductible. There are exemptions and work-arounds for religious-affiliated employers.

But several for-profit companies, including Hobby Lobby, have said they should be able to opt out of the mandate based on the religious beliefs of the company's owners, even if the business itself is not tied to a religious mission.

The federal district court had previously rejected Hobby Lobby's request for an injunction, but an appeals court reversed parts of its reasoning Thursday and ordered the lower court to reconsider.