Companies' religious rights appear headed for top court
A federal appeals court ruling on Friday increased the chances that the Supreme Court in its coming term will need to settle whether secular, for-profit corporations must provide contraceptive coverage to employees despite the owners' religious objections.
A divided panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit ruled that a Pennsylvania cabinet-making company owned by a Mennonite family must comply with the contraceptive mandate contained in the Affordable Care Act.
The majority said it “respectfully disagrees” with judges in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit in Denver, who recently narrowly found just the opposite. A split in interpreting federal statutes is usually an invitation for the Supreme Court to resolve the issue.
This one is novel: The justices have never said whether a secular corporation is protected by the Constitution or federal statute from complying with a law because of religious objections from its owners.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
- West Virginia University warns students over riots
- Ebola watch lists to shrink
- Premier Cubism collection shared in N.Y.
- Reported ‘Easy Rider’ chopper fetches $1.35M
- Sampling of toxins under way at former steel plant in Kentucky
- Scientists unravel genetics of height
- Obama authorizes National Guard, reserve call-up for Ebola
- Forensics support Ferguson police officer in shooting of unarmed black teen
- Riots shake Keene State College in New Hampshire
- Comet makes rare close pass by Mars as spacecraft watch
- U.S. doctor’s book recounts rescue in Afghanistan in which Norwin graduate died