NWA Attorney Reacts to SCOTUS Ruling On Hobby Lobby Case

By Joseph Holloway | jholloway@knwa.com

Published 06/30 2014 05:46PM

Updated 06/30 2014 11:16PM

FAYETTEVILLE, AR -- Monday's Supreme Court ruling on the contraceptive insurance mandate of Obamacare,
Requires exempt businesses to be for-profit and must have closely held religious views.
But a local attorney says it's unclear on how courts will define that.

"The Supreme Court, in this particular case, has opened up the door for people to sue on that and it's going to have to be decided on a case by case basis until the Supreme Court rules on what is a sincere religious belief," Robert Rhoads, a partner at Hall and Estill Law Firm, said.

And due to hobby lobby's stance, employees will have to find some of their birth control elsewhere.
Even if they don't share the same opinion.

"16,000 people work for them and I suspect all 16,000 of those people don't have the same religious beliefs," Rhoads said.

But Rhoads adds today's ruling does not necessarily mean case closed.

"I don't think President Obama can wave a magic wand and change it. But Congress, in its infinite wisdom, representing the electorate, can if they want to," Rhoads said.

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