Ginsburg, J., filed a dissenting opinion, in which Sotomayor, J., joined, and in which Breyer and Kagan, JJ., joined as to all but Part III-C-1.
began out of founder David Green’s garage and has grown from one 300-square-foot store to more than 550 stores across the country, becoming one of the nation’s leading arts and crafts retailers.
Devout Christians, the Green family believes that “it is by God’s grace and provision that Hobby Lobby has endured.” Therefore, the Greens seek to honor God by “operating their company in a manner consistent with Biblical principles.” Believing their employees should have the opportunity to spend Sundays with their families, the company is closed on Sundays and only operates 66 hours per week.
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Alito, J., delivered the opinion of the Court, in which Roberts, C.
The Green family has no moral objection to the use of 16 of 20 preventive contraceptives required in the mandate, and Hobby Lobby will continue its longstanding practice of covering these preventive contraceptives for its employees.
However, the Green family cannot provide or pay for four potentially life-threatening drugs and devices.These drugs include Plan B and Ella, the so-called morning-after pill and the week-after pill.Full-time hourly workers now start at 90 percent above the federal minimum wage.The Hobby Lobby success story is a true example of the American dream.Now the Greens want to live another American dream: that every American, including business owners like the Greens, should be free to live and do business according to their beliefs.The HHS mandate requires the family-owned business to provide insurance coverage for potentially life-terminating drugs and devices, contrary to the Greens’ religious convictions—or pay fines to the IRS.