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What They're SayingR On March 25, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores Inc., a landmark case addressing the constitutionally guaranteed rights of business owners to operate their family companies without violating their deeply held religious convictions.

Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. will be decided before the end of the Supreme Court’s term in June 2014.

The nation’s highest court accepted the federal government’s appeal of a June decision by the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals that a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate to provide potentially life-terminating drugs and devices in employee insurance plans places a substantial burden on the religious freedoms of Hobby Lobby Stores Inc., which is solely owned by founder David Green and his family.

The Greens and their family businesses – who have no moral objection to providing 16 of the 20 FDA-approved contraceptives required under the HHS mandate and do so at no additional cost to employees under their self-insured health plan – took the unusual step in October of joining the government in asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review the case, despite the family’s victory in the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.

A short description of the case

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What's At StakeZ

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to take up Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores Inc., a landmark case

"Hobby Lobby is a case of extraordinary importance. It tests our nation's commitment to protect individuals and groups in the full and free exercise of their rights of religious conscience."

- Christopher Wolfe, Emeritus Professor at Marquette University and Co-Director of the Thomas International Center

"The Greens are doing more than just trying to relieve themselves from an unjust burden placed upon them by their government. They are standing up for the right of each and every one of us to practice our faith in all aspects of our lives including our business enterprises."

- Francis J. Beckwith, Professor of Philosophy & Church-State Studies at Baylor University

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