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Posted on 12/31/2013 7:39:23 PM PST by Steelfish
Supreme Court Halts Contraception Mandate For Religious Groups By M. Alex Johnson and Winston Wilde, NBC News Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor granted a last-ditch plea from Catholic groups Tuesday night to block a birth control mandate in the new health care law for religious organizations, just hours before it was to have gone into effect.
The archdioceses of Washington, D.C., and Nashville, Tenn., the Catholic Conference of Michigan and several affiliated groups requested the emergency stay of provisions of the Affordable Care Act that would require companies regardless of religious beliefs to provide contraceptives and other abortion-inducing drugs to their employees.
The groups want the mandate halted while the court considers a legal challenge, brought by the for-profit company Hobby Lobby, arguing that the requirement violates their religious liberties.
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Not just the Exercise Clause rights, but also the RFRA law rights. But I would bet dollars to donuts that Sotomayor will end up voting against the religious petitioners. She’s just keeping up appearances here by granting the stay — and remember, if she had refused to grant the stay, a majority of the Justices could have granted one anyway. No Justice wants to be humiliated that way, and I’m betting she only did this to avoid just such a humiliation.
Possible. But consider that Obama and co want no delays at all. Crualla just said so. Now here comes one of their hand picked SCJs countermanding their decree, even if only a moment.
For an admin that brooks no opposition, and a political cult that considers any racist treason, she’s gonna catch hell.
other Courts took action too
Good news...for now.
she’s a Catholic
So was Ted Kennedy.
The ‘Wise Latina’ actually did the right thing. Enjoy it while it lasts.
Here’s how it works. The Justice “on call” knows how many votes there are for the stay and enters it even if he/she does not plan to vote for it. She has low seniority, hence her having New Years Eve as her day and hence she being the one to grant the stay. It’s not that big a deal that she did it although I hope she has seen the light.
8th Amendment: Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.
The last minute stay is all part of a coordinated scheme with the WH to temporarily deflect some of the most visible and onerous parts of this thing until they can regroup and find a way to force it through while deflecting the blame.
I sit here in awe.
I wonder if Miley Cyrus got her all liquored up in Times Square and if she has no memory of signing the order. She may have thought she was signing a finding that there is a Constitutional right to twerk.
“Constitutional right to twerk”
THAT was freaking hilarious! Wonder of this will start a movement to “Right to Twerk” states by co’s like Boeing ;)
Norm, this is speculation, of course, but it would not surprise me if this is a area where she climbs off the liberal reservation for a deeply seeded personal conviction.. She was raised Roman Catholic after all..
That said, if she receives the legendary, visceral response that the Left is famous for, her reaction may be a cornerstone of her revenge, as a backlash in other future abrogations from the progressive doctrine.. Can we even think abortion? Naw.. nevermind.. :)
We're in the twilight zone.
Actually she had the option to deny, grant, or refer to the full court.
If she had really wanted to be a bitch she could have just denied it and it would not have gone to the full court right away.
I think she sees the writing on the wall with regard to the mandate.
She may even be a vote to strike it down, although I wouldn’t put money on it.
I hope she does. And to be honest I hope the left savage her for any religious convictions she may have. Utterly publicly savage her. Because that may be what it takes to wake her and many not totally committed Dems to finally stand up to the communist wing.
Dispite everything I see and know of the left, It still amazes me how easily they bowled over the ‘mainstream’ dems. I mean afterall, most rank and file dems of the Clinton era were demonstrably further right than today’s Republican voters on a number of issues. They didn’t all die off. But they were silenced effectively and still voted communist regardless.
Sorry but that’s not how it works.
Each justice is assigned over a specific Circuit court.
In this case she happens to be over the 10th Circuit.
She’s not on call.
Do a google search of which justices have certain circuits.
I believe Kennedy is over the 9th, or at least he used to be for many years.
My (layman's) understanding is that such stays are only granted if the judge feels the plaintiff is likely to prevail at law.
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