Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has filed a brief in support of Hobby Lobby as its challenge to a portion of the Affordable Care Act moves forward at the U.S. Supreme Court.
Hobby Lobby is challenging a portion of the nation's new health care law that would require it to supply certain types of contraception to its employees. The Supreme Court is slated to hear arguments in March.
Associated Press members overwhelmingly picked the Moore tornado and other violent storms as the top story of 2013.
Coming in second was the slaying of Australian baseball player Christopher Lane in Duncan. Third was the conviction of two former lawmakers in a bribery case, and the custody battle over Baby Veronica is fourth.
The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to take another case involving the Affordable Care Act, this time a challenge to the provision that for-profit companies that provide health insurance must include contraceptive coverage in their plans offered to employees.
President Obama's Affordable Care Act will be back before the Supreme Court this spring. This time, the issue is whether for-profit corporations citing religious objections may refuse to provide contraceptive services in health insurance plans offered to employees.
In enacting the ACA, Congress required large employers who offer health care services to provide a range of preventive care, including no-copay contraceptive services. Religious nonprofits were exempted from this requirement, but not for-profit corporations.
The Supreme Court has agreed to referee another dispute over President Obama's health care law, whether businesses can use religious objections to escape a requirement to cover birth control for employees.
(Updated at 4:33 p.m. with a statement from U.S. Rep. James Lankford [R-Okla. 5])
The president of Hobby Lobby says the chain will start carrying Jewish merchandise in some of its stores after a New Jersey blogger complained about a lack of Hanukkah items.
Steve Green told The Associated Press that the chain is looking at carrying items this holiday season in stores near areas with large Jewish populations. He could not comment on what the items would be.
The change came about after blogger Ken Berwitz said a Hobby Lobby employee told him that the chain doesn't stock Jewish merchandise because the Green family is Christian.
Lawyers for the federal government plan to fight an order that lets Hobby Lobby and a sister company avoid fines while they fight some sorts of birth control for its workers.
Attorneys representing the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services filed a notice in federal court Tuesday saying it would lodge an appeal. A lawyer representing Hobby Lobby and Mardel's interests said he was puzzled, saying the 10th Circuit has resolved much of the case.
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.
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.
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.