Crafting Enhanced Rights for the Religious Business Owner: An Examination of the Supreme Court Decision in Hobby Lobby

Source: James F. Morgan, Labor Law Journal, Vol. 65 no. 4, Winter 2014
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…This article first examines preliminary matters associated with the Hobby Lobby case in order to establish a context for the Court’s decision. The majority opinion, concurring opinion, and two dissenting opinions are the presented and analyzed, doctrinal, precedential, and practical aspects of the decisions are covered. This article concludes with reflections on selected potential implications flowing from the decision of the Court. Although the implications of the Hobby Lobby decision will serve as fodder for discussion within legal, religious, and academic circles for years if not decades to come, there is little debate that the Court’s approach provides a means for religious beliefs and practices to become more prominent in the world of commerce. …