The Supreme Court says corporations can hold religious objections that allow them to opt out of the new health law requirement that they cover contraceptives for women. (June 30)

Reaction to the U.S. Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby ruling:

That corporations could be deemed to have religious freedom redefines the guarantees of the First Amendment, depriving employees, most specifically women, of the right to pursue their individual religious beliefs. At a time when 99 percent of women have used birth control during their lives, this ruling permits corporations, rather than women themselves, to make these personal health care decisions, decisions that should be made by an individual in consultation with medical professionals.  -- Society for Humanistic Judaism Executive Director Bonnie Cousens

This is a major victory for religious liberty and Christian conscience. It is not only a victory for Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Woods, but for the American people — especially as the key insight of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act has been so clearly confirmed. -- R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

No matter how closely-held, a corporation is still not a spiritual being –
it does not pray or sit in the pews or bring casseroles to the congregational
picnic like my family and I do. It is an insult to the uniquely sacred
community cultivated by congregations to consider for-profit corporations
legally synonymous with a religious institution. -- Harry Knox, President/CEO
of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice

The LCMS rejoices with the Greens of Hobby Lobby, with the Hahns of Conestoga Wood Specialties and with our millions of brothers and sisters in the United States who believe just as strongly in the religious liberties guaranteed in our Constitution. Today we are thankful for this step toward maintaining the
integrity of our religious freedoms inherent in the First Amendment, but we
will also remain ever mindful. The issue is and will continue to be purely and
simply about religious freedom. -- The Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison, president
of The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod

Today, The Supreme Court  gutted women’s right to birth control coverage under the Affordable Care Act. This is devastating news for the 51% of
Black women ages 18-35 for whom high cost has made it difficult to maintain
consistent access to birth control. Now health decisions, for women who work at certain private corporations, are left to their bosses. -- Rashad Robinson,
Executive Director of ColorOfChange

Today, the Supreme Court reaffirmed the fundamental principle that government may not impose undue burdens on the free exercise of religion. The Obama Administration clearly over-reached in this case. Being so fixated on maintaining a political wedge issue to frighten women voters in America, they were willing to trample on religious freedom in the process. – Horace Cooper, co-chairman of Project 21, a black leadership network

We welcome the Supreme Court’s decision to recognize that Americans can continue to follow their faith when they run a family business. -- Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

This is truly a disappointing day because a majority of the Supreme Court justices has made a decision that will hurt our country, hurt businesses and hurt equality. The ruling for Hobby Lobby sets a dangerous precedent for future
laws, such as the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, because it could give
legal argument to for-profit companies to claim religious exemption on
non-discrimination policies. -- Justin Nelson, president of the National Gay
& Lesbian Chamber of Commerce

This is a significant victory honoring Americans’ First Amendment freedom to live their faith in everyday life. -- A. Johnson, President & CEO of National Religious Broadcasters