‘This is a great day for religious freedom’
Update: Lori Windham talks about fellow Abilene Christian University graduates involved in the case. (See below)
The U.S. Supreme court has ruled in the controversial Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp v. Sebelius cases.
In a 5-4 decision, the court ruled that closely held companies — including those owned by a family with religious convictions — cannot be required to pay to cover some types of contraceptives for their employees.
“We are thrilled with the court’s decision today,” Lori Windham, an attorney for Oklahoma-based Hobby Lobby and member of the Fairfax Church of Christ in Virginia, told CNN. “We think this is a great day for religious freedom.”
I’m thrilled by the decision. As a student at ACU, I hoped that one day I might be able to take a case to the Supreme Court. But it’s still hard to believe that it happened. I guess I will have to slow down a bit to let it sink in.
I had been predicting all along that Hobby Lobby would win its case, since the law is on our side. But it was still nerve-wracking after the oral argument. For three months, all you can do is wait.
ACU was well-represented in the Hobby Lobby case. Two other alums, April Farris (class of 2006) and Matthew Kacsmaryk (class of 2000), filed friend-of-the-court briefs supporting Hobby Lobby. April is a fellow ACU/Harvard Law alum, and is now with the Texas Solicitor General’s office. Matthew is with Liberty Institute, where he focuses on religious freedom work.
ACU does a great job of preparing students to think about the intersection between faith and the law, and to carry their beliefs into their professional lives.
See a news release from the Becket Fund that includes additional quotes from Windham.