Hobby Lobby Granted Temporary Exemption To Federal Health Law

Jul 19, 2013

A federal judge is temporarily exempting Hobby Lobby Inc. from a provision in the new federal health care law that requires it to offer insurance coverage for the morning-after pill and similar birth control or face steep fines.

The Green family, owners of Hobby Lobby stores, leave the federal courthouse in Oklahoma City after Friday's ruling temporarily exempting the company from paying for all forms of birth control under its health care plan.
Credit Kurt Gwartney / KGOU

After hearing brief arguments Friday, U.S. District Judge Joe Heaton issued a preliminary injunction for the Oklahoma arts and crafts chain. The judge stayed the case until Oct. 1 to give the federal government time to consider an appeal.

The Christian owners of Hobby Lobby and the Mardel Christian bookstore chain argue that their religious beliefs are so deeply rooted that having to provide every form of birth control would violate their conscience.

The hearing comes several weeks after a federal appellate court ruled Hobby Lobby was likely to win its case.