Hobby Lobby, a Christian-run arts and crafts chain, filed for an emergency injunction
on December 21, 2012 with the Supreme Court to block President Obama's birth control coverage rules. Hobby Lobby's complaint surrounds the Affordable Care Act's (ACA's) requirement that most employers cover contraception without copay.
Yesterday, the Supreme Court today denied
Hobby Lobby's request, which was joined by the Christian book company, Mardel. The U.S. Supreme Court said it will not decide the case before lower courts have ruled. Justice Sonia Sotomayor argued that the petitioners did not meet the standards requisite for a preliminary injunction. The court also denied the request that the court take up the entire case, in which they argue that the ACA's contraceptive coverage requirement forces them to violate their religious beliefs.
The case will return to the district court for a ruling on the merits of whether the Obama administration can require employers who have religious objections to contraceptive coverage to provide said insurance coverage in their employer plan.