by Dave Andrusko (NRLN) – Following an adverse decision from Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the attorney for Christian-operated business Hobby Lobby says the company will defy the Obama contraceptive mandate which took effect January 1. The company had asked for an emergency appeal to temporarily stop enforcement of the Health and Human Services mandate.
The company, and its smaller sister operation, Mardel, face fines of up to $1.3 million daily if they disobey the mandate.
“While the applicants allege they will face irreparable harm if they are forced to choose between complying with the contraception-coverage requirement and paying significant fines,” Sotomayor wrote, “they cannot show that an injunction is necessary or appropriate to aid our jurisdiction.”
In English, Sotomayor concluded the company had failed to satisfy the demanding legal standard for blocking the requirement on an emergency basis. However, the companies may still challenge the regulations in the lower courts and are expected to do so.
Sotomayor’s decision is the latest in a series of court rebuffs for the family-owned company.
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