AG Pruitt Files Brief in Support of Hobby Lobby’s Supreme Court Religious Liberty Fight
OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Scott Pruitt Tuesday continued his fight for religious liberty, filing a brief in support of Hobby Lobby in the Oklahoma company’s Supreme Court challenge to the Affordable Care Act.
“We are battling an out-of-control federal government on multiple fronts, including protecting the fundamental right to practice our faith,” Attorney General Scott Pruitt said. “The health care law’s mandate requiring these groups to violate their lawful beliefs and practices directly goes against the ideals that our Founding Fathers set in place to protect Americans from an overbearing and intrusive government. The appeals court agreed with Oklahoma’s argument that the religious freedoms of Hobby Lobby and the Green Family are protected by federal law, and the implementation of the contraception mandate should be stopped.”
Hobby Lobby Stores Inc., located in Oklahoma City, is challenging the federal government’s requirement that employers offer health insurance coverage for services such as abortion inducing drugs that conflict with the owners’ religious beliefs.
The state’s amicus brief supports the appeals court’s ruling and defends the free exercise rights of the company’s owners, the Green Family.
The court filing states, “There simply is no basis in Oklahoma law for concluding that taking advantage of the corporate form strips Oklahoma businesses of the strong religious freedoms afforded to all Oklahoma citizens. To the contrary, Oklahoma has a longstanding tradition of using its laws to protect religious freedom rather than to deprive it.”
“This regulation conflicts with the most basic elements of freedom provided to all Americans – the right to practice their lawful religion how they choose,” Pruitt said. “For that reason, we will continue to support Hobby Lobby’s claim and ask the court to find the regulation unconstitutional.”
The Hobby Lobby case is currently before the U.S. Supreme Court, with argument scheduled for March 25.
13-354 Amicus filed 1-28-14.pdf