Yesterday, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the consolidated cases of Seibelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores and Conestoga Wood v. Seibelius. Both cases involved appeals by corporate employers who were appealing the application of the contraception mandate requirement of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
The issue before the Court was whether the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) “…allows a for profit corporation to deny its employees the health coverage of contraceptives to which the employees are otherwise entitled by federal law, based on the religious objections of the corporation’s owners.”
Briefs to the Court and the audio of the oral arguments have not yet been posted but will eventually be available on the Oyez website as well as the United States Supreme Court website. The transcript of the oral argument is posted here. The SCOTUSblog does a marvelous job of summarizing the arguments and positions of the parties and interested groups here. The Hobby Lobby lower court decision is available at 723 F.3d 1114 (10th Circ. 2013) here while the Conestoga Wood lower court decision can be found at 724 F.3d 377 (3rd Circ. 2013.)