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Exclusive: Democratic senators to file amicus brief in Hobby Lobby birth control case
Yahoo! News ^ | 1/28/2014 | Liz Goodwin

Posted on 01/28/2014 2:47:41 AM PST by markomalley

In a brief to be filed with the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, 19 Democratic senators are siding with the Obama administration against evangelical Christian businessmen who argue that paying for their employees’ birth control, a requirement under Obamacare, violates their company’s religious freedom.

The senators—five of them women—argue in their “friend of the court” brief that the owners of the Oklahoma-based crafts store chain Hobby Lobby are not exempt from the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate simply because some forms of birth control offend their religious beliefs.

Hobby Lobby’s owners, David Green and his family, are suing the federal government over the mandate, which says large employers’ insurance plans must offer birth control without co-pays or else face steep fines.

A lower court upheld the Greens’ case, ruling that the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) protects the Greens from having to adjust their insurance plans to cover contraception for their 13,000 employees. (RFRA says the government must have a compelling reason to infringe upon an individual’s religious beliefs, and that laws that do so must be narrowly tailored.)

The case is novel because religious freedom, enshrined in the First Amendment, typically has been thought to apply to individuals, churches and other religious nonprofits—not corporations. But the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, siding with Hobby Lobby, said the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision in 2010 , which upheld a free-speech right for corporations, conferred a right to religious expression on businesses.

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KEYWORDS: 1stamendment; abortion; aca; birthcontrol; contraception; deathpanels; hobbylobby; obamacare; ppaca; scotus; sterilization; zerocare
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Words fail me here.
1 posted on 01/28/2014 2:47:41 AM PST by markomalley
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To: markomalley

Why don’t these Senators join together and demand that Muslins be subject to ObamaCare? Yeah, that’s right! They want to keep their heads!


2 posted on 01/28/2014 2:55:28 AM PST by Cowboy Bob (They are called "Liberals" because the word "parasite" was already taken.)
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To: Cowboy Bob

That’s Muslims!!!


3 posted on 01/28/2014 2:55:59 AM PST by Cowboy Bob (They are called "Liberals" because the word "parasite" was already taken.)
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To: markomalley
typically has been thought to apply to individuals,

If that were true, then I could exempt myself from Obamacare.
4 posted on 01/28/2014 3:08:33 AM PST by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: markomalley

Max Baucus (D-Mont.), Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Patty Murray (D- WA), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Benjamin Cardin (D-Md.), Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), Tim Johnson (D-SD), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Carl Levin (D-Mich.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Barbara Mikulsi (D-Md.), Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.), Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.).


5 posted on 01/28/2014 3:13:27 AM PST by sockmonkey (Of Course I didn't read the article. After all, this is FreeRepublic..)
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To: markomalley

The senators who signed it:

Patty Murray (D-WA)
Max Baucus (D-MT)
Barbara Boxer (D-CA)
Sherrod Brown (D-OH)
Maria Cantwell (D-WA)
Benjamin Cardin (D-MD)
Richard Durbin (D-IL)
Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)
Tom Harkin (D-IA)
Tim Johnson (D-SD)
Ed Markey (D-MA)
Robert Menendez (D-NJ)
Barbara Mikulsi (D-MD)
Harry Reid (D-NV)
Bernie Sanders (D-VT)
Chuck Schumer (D-NY)
Ron Wyden (D-OR)


6 posted on 01/28/2014 3:16:14 AM PST by savedbygrace (But God!)
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To: markomalley

These Marxist senators are starting with the first step. Communist always start with the demonization of the opposition. The use of the media, and state owned organs of communication, for language manipulation is at work in this process. The call it the Republican’s “war on women.” As George Orwell said, when you control people’s language, you control how they think - and ultimately how they behave.” Through language manipulation, the opposition has no legitimacy—they are the “kulak”—and, whatever they say, is to be disregarded.

This dehumanization is done to manipulate the public into acceptance of the next step: The declaring of the opposition to be criminal. This is where the perversion of the justice system comes into play. Through the manipulation of the IRS and other government entities, official force is used to exclude the opposition from society. Exclusion leads to extermination. And, as we see politicians in America demanding more power and less accountability or consequence, we will find our nation participating in the legacy of Communism: gulags and even execution.


7 posted on 01/28/2014 3:21:20 AM PST by jonrick46 (The opium of Communists: other people's money.)
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To: savedbygrace

Bobby Casey (D-PA) didn’t sign it. Interesting.


8 posted on 01/28/2014 3:26:53 AM PST by eCSMaster ("It is not the color of his skin, ... it is the blackness that fills his soul")
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To: eCSMaster

Will he be in a close race this November?


9 posted on 01/28/2014 3:30:49 AM PST by savedbygrace (But God!)
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To: savedbygrace

There are some Catholics in that group of demented fools, what say you Catholic Church?


10 posted on 01/28/2014 3:33:13 AM PST by DAC21
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To: markomalley

I knew I could count on my atrocious senator, Comrade Sherrod Brown. I must thank the Walking Dead in Ohio.


11 posted on 01/28/2014 3:33:19 AM PST by windsorknot (>>>)
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Terms expire in 2014:
Max Baucus (D-Mont.) not running for reelection
Tim Johnson (D-SD) not running for reelection
Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) not running for reelection
Carl Levin (D-Mich.) not running for reelection
Richard Durbin (D-Ill.)

Terms do not expire in 2014:
Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.)
Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.)
Ed Markey (D-Mass.)
Benjamin Cardin (D-Md.)
Barbara Mikulsi (D-Md.)
Robert Menendez (D-NJ)
Harry Reid (D-Nev.)
Chuck Schumer (D-NY)
Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio)
Ron Wyden (D-Ore.)
Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.)
Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.)
Patty Murray (D- WA)
Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.)


12 posted on 01/28/2014 3:33:22 AM PST by Repeal The 17th (We have met the enemy and he is us.)
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To: markomalley; All
I found this most interesting

WHY would all parties agree to a negative opinion ?

13 posted on 01/28/2014 3:47:42 AM PST by knarf (I say things that are true .. I have no proof .. but they're true.)
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To: knarf

It’s called collusive litigation and it happens a LOT.


14 posted on 01/28/2014 3:57:05 AM PST by browniexyz
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To: knarf

In this case, however, because they are members of Congress, it is likely they asked only the court for leave to file the brief, not Hobby Lobby.


15 posted on 01/28/2014 4:00:53 AM PST by browniexyz
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To: markomalley
Hobby Lobby’s “gross misapplication” of the law perverts Congress’ intent in passing it, they write in the brief, which was obtained by Yahoo News.

The senators involved were perverted before Hobby Lobby filed suit.

16 posted on 01/28/2014 4:02:47 AM PST by Boston Blackie
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To: markomalley

They don’t fail me.

The dross is separating from the gold.


17 posted on 01/28/2014 4:06:56 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (The Lion of Judah will roar for you if you give him a big hug and a cheer and mean it. See my page.)
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To: browniexyz

“Why should the nations rage and plot a vain thing?” ... “God laughs from heaven at them.”

Hobby Lobby might or might not “win” on their face but they are right to stick up for what’s right.

If the courts fail this test, that isn’t the failure of God. It’s the failure of what We The People set up and got sloppy about because we got sloppy about God. It’s a lesson in consequences. It’s also a lesson in necessary focus.

If Hobby Lobby transformed into a Gospel Lobby I would smile. And so would God.


18 posted on 01/28/2014 4:10:27 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (The Lion of Judah will roar for you if you give him a big hug and a cheer and mean it. See my page.)
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To: Boston Blackie

And the people who elected the senators...?

We have to get God to fill the holes in our own righteousness before we can fix others. We can’t just damn all to hell unless damning all to hell is the result we really want. (That would leave God with a “damned” poor witness, though.)


19 posted on 01/28/2014 4:12:47 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (The Lion of Judah will roar for you if you give him a big hug and a cheer and mean it. See my page.)
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To: markomalley

If they had an ounce of integrity, Bart Stupak and the gang of 17 would file a brief of their own ....


20 posted on 01/28/2014 4:20:19 AM PST by sphinx
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