|By PR Newswire||
|January 30, 2014 05:13 PM EST||
OKLAHOMA CITY, Jan. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Hobby Lobby founder David Green personally thanked the Oklahoma Attorney General's office for filing a friend-of-the-court brief in its U.S. Supreme Court case to protect religious liberty.
Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby involves the religious objections of Hobby Lobby and its owners, David and Barbara Green and their family. While the Greens' health insurance provides 16 of the 20 contraceptive drugs and devices mandated by the Affordable Care Act, the Greens object to including four because they are potentially life-terminating, in violation of the family's faith.
The Greens view the broad support of their position, expressed publicly yesterday in 56 friend-of-the-court briefs as a "strong affirmation of our right to live out our deeply held beliefs in our family business."
"Hobby Lobby and the Green family are grateful for the support of the Oklahoma Attorney General's office," said Peter Dobelbower, General Counsel and Vice President, Legal for Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. "We appreciate the encouragement we have received from so many of our elected officials, academic leaders, legal scholars and from everyday Americans in our quest to protect religious liberty."
The Greens' case reached the nation's highest court after federal appeals court held in favor of the Green family in June 2013. The district court issued an injunction the following month, and in November, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear the case after the federal government appealed. Oral arguments are set for March 25, and a decision is expected by the end of June.
Hobby Lobby and the Green Family are represented by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, and a full list of amicus filers and their briefs can be found at http://www.becketfund.org/hobbylobbyamicus/.
For more information and updates, please visit www.hobbylobbycase.com.
SOURCE Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.