Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Why am I not surprised? First attempt to use Hobby Lobby against gays

From the Atlantic,
This week, in the Hobby Lobby case, the Supreme Court ruled that a religious employer could not be required to provide employees with certain types of contraception. That decision is beginning to reverberate: A group of faith leaders is urging the Obama administration to include a religious exemption in a forthcoming LGBT anti-discrimination action. 
Their call, in a letter sent to the White House Tuesday, attempts to capitalize on the Supreme Court case by arguing that it shows the administration must show more deference to the prerogatives of religion. 
"We are asking that an extension of protection for one group not come at the expense of faith communities whose religious identity and beliefs motivate them to serve those in need," the letter states.
Because nothing speaks to the love of God like refusing to hire a homo.

1 comment:

dr.primrose said...

It didn't take a week before the Supreme Court has extended the reach of the Hobby Lobby case. The three female justices issued what the NY Times calls a "furious" dissent.

The dissent accuses the court from retreating from the Hobby Lobby case and undermining the Supreme Court's integrity:

"Those who are bound by our decisions usually believe they can take us at our word. Not so today. After expressly relying on the availability of the religious-nonprofit accommodation to hold that the contraceptive coverage requirement violates RFRA as applied to closely held for-profit corporations, the Court now, as the dissent in Hobby Lobby feared it might, see ante, at 29–30 (GINSBURG, J., dissenting), retreats from that position. That action evinces disregard for even the newest of this Court’s precedents and undermines confidence in this

This is really strong language for one Justice to use about a decision of the Court.

Justice Ginsburg's dissent in Hobby Lobby predicted a minefield arising from that decision. The minefield is apparently here already and the first battle is in the Court itself.