The Religious Freedom Restoration Act is under increasing attack since the U.S. Supreme Court’sHobby Lobby decision that granted “closely-held” businesses an exemption from the birth control mandate, religious freedom lawyers claimed at the Federalist Society’s annual National Lawyers Convention.
In response to the Hobby Lobby case and possible religious exemption cases citing it, there may come a “softening” of the decision by judges over the coming years, explained members of a panel event on Thursday on the topic of religious liberty.
Kim Colby, senior counsel at the Christian Legal Society, said to those gathered that since the Supreme Court’s decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, Inc., efforts to undermine religious exemptions have increased.
“Throughout 2014 we’ve watched attacks on RFRA and on religious liberty itself gain new intensity,” stated Colby, “in the Spring, state RFRAs were vilified in Arizona, Georgia, and Mississippi” over efforts to exempt businesses from having to patron gay weddings if their owners hold religious objections to the practice…Read More
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