CatholicVote calls decision a win-win for women and religious liberty
CHICAGO — Catholic businessman and plaintiff John Kennedy applauded the Supreme Court for their ruling in the Hobby Lobby/Conestoga Wood religious liberty cases.
“We are deeply grateful that the Supreme Court ruled in favor of those business owners whose sincerely held religious beliefs prohibit them from complying with the HHS Mandate. We anticipate that the court will follow its usual practice of remanding our case for reconsideration in light of its decision.
“Based on today’s decision and the compelling facts in our case, we trust that we will be permitted to conduct business in a manner that is true to our sincerely held religious beliefs while continuing to provide generous wages and award-winning health benefits to our employees,” said Kennedy.
Kennedy is the Founder/CEO of Autocam, a leading precision manufacturer for both the automotive and medical industries based in Grand Rapids, MI. Kennedy’s challenge to the mandate was held by the Supreme Court pending the outcome of their decision in the Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Corporation cases.
Brian Burch, President of CatholicVote.org Legal Defense Fund, which is representing Kennedy, said:
“The First Amendment protections of speech, free assembly, and religious liberty are cherished principles which unite all Americans. We are reviewing this lengthy opinion. For now, we are happy to see the United States Supreme Court affirm these critical freedoms and has put an end to an unnecessary and highly divisive attack on the First Amendment.
“Women who wish to purchase these drugs can now do so without having to first demand permission or funding from their bosses, while employers can remain faithful to their consciences and sincerely held moral convictions. It’s truly a win-win for health care freedom and religious liberty.”
CatholicVote.org Legal Defense Fund represented Autocam in its lawsuit against the federal government.