More than 30 businesses in several states have challenged the contraception mandate, but Hobby Lobby’s case is the first to be decided by a federal appeals court.
The U.S. Department of Justice has argued that allowing for-profit corporations to exempt themselves from requirements that violate their religious beliefs would be in effect allowing the business to impose its religious beliefs on employees.
The 10th Circuit in Denver opted to hear the case before eight active judges, not the typical three-judge panel, indicating the case’s importance.
Hobby Lobby calls itself a “biblically founded business” and is closed on Sundays. Founded in 1972, the company now operates more than 500 stores in 41 states and employs more than 13,000 full-time employees who are eligible for health insurance. The company has stores in Hamilton, Huber Heights, Mason, Miamisburg and Springfield.