Justices appear ready to accept that some corporations can assert religious freedoms under RFRA

A majority of Supreme Court justices considering the contraceptive mandate on Tuesday appeared ready to accept that closely held corporations may be covered by the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, a threshold question in the case. But the justices appeared divided on further questions in the challenge to the health care law’s requirement that corporate health plans include contraceptive coverage, report the Washington Post and the New York Times. Other issues are whether the government has a compelling interest in the requirement, whether it imposes a substantial burden on religious exercise, and whether there is a less intrusive way to provide the coverage, the Post says. How Appealing links to additional coverage. Justice Anthony M. Kennedy asked questions that appeared to favor both sides. But this statement by Kennedy to U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, indicated a concern for the corporations:…

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