On Monday, when Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg warned that the high court’s Hobby Lobby decision would send our country careening into a “minefield” of complicated legal issues, she was absolutely right. Less than 24 hours after the ruling, which established both that corporations could profess religion, and that U.S. laws couldn’t compel them to do things “incompatible with their sincerely held religious beliefs,” the challenges have already begun.
Today, according to the Atlantic, a letter signed by 14 representatives of faith-based entities was delivered to the White House demanding that a recently announced executive order which would make it illegal for federal contractors to discriminate on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation, be edited to allow such discrimination, if done by people who profess to hate said people based upon sincerely-held religious conviction. “We are asking that an extension of protection for one group not come at the expense of faith communities whose religious identity and beliefs motivate them to serve those in need,” the letter stated.
And that, my friends, is how it begins.
Now it’s just a matter of time before everyone with a statement to make, from the owners of Chick-fil-A, to the regents of Bob Jones University, are in court, demanding that we the people acknowledge their god-given right to not serve delicious chicken sandwiches to the gay, and deny tenure to those of the weaker sex…. who really should, you know, be home baking pies, nursing babies and studying the bible.
update: While it sounds as though Hobby Lobby will continue to offer birth control for their employees, excepting those four types of contraception which “prevent an already fertilized egg from developing any further by inhibiting its attachment to the uterus,” other employers may not be so generous. The Daily Beast has compiled a list of 82 companies that may eliminate contraception coverage to some degree in the wake of yesterday’s Supreme Court decision. The Michigan companies on the list include Trijicon, Willis & Willis PC, Barron Industries, Midwest Fastener Corp, Autocam Corporation, Dominos Farms, Mersino Management, Eden Foods, MK Chambers Company, Mersino Dewatering, Weingartz Supply Company, and the Ave Maria Foundation.