December 21, 2012
Courts Continue to Split over HHS Contraceptive Mandate
Hobby Lobby loses a second legal round, but small recycling company wins.
In the wake of Wheaton College winning an important legal round against the HHS contraceptive mandate this week, Hobby Lobby received a ruling of its own.
The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals refused to grant Hobby Lobby an injunction against the mandate, ruling that the craft chain "has not demonstrated a substantial likelihood of success on the merits" of the case. This is the second loss for Hobby Lobby, which will now take its case to the U.S. Supreme Court.
However, a Missouri federal district court granted a preliminary injunction to a small metal-recycling business owned by two evangelicals, ruling that they do have a "substantial likelihood" of winning their case.