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Christian Family Coalition (CFC) Files U.S. Supreme Court Brief in Support of Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood
Amicus Brief Urges the High Court to Respect Conscience Rights of Businesses and Their Owners
MIAMI-Today, the Christian Family Coalition (CFC), Florida's premiere human rights and social justice advocacy organization announced it filed an amicus brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to protect the conscious rights of private employers who seek to practice as well as profess their religious faith in the conduct of their business—particularly when the government has no compelling reason to force them to violate their sincerely held religious convictions.
On November 26, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear two cases challenging the HHS Mandate: Conestoga Wood v. Sebelius, in which a private business was denied an injunction against the HHS mandate by the Third Circuit, and Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius, in which a private business was granted an HHS mandate injunction by the Tenth Circuit.
The CFC's amicus brief urges the Court to reverse the Third Circuit in Conestoga and affirm the Tenth Circuit in Hobby Lobby, thus permitting both companies and their owners to abide by their religious convictions in the manner in which they carry on their respective businesses and relieving them from any obligation to comply with the HHS Mandate as their cases proceed to final judgment.
“This is a matter of basic fairness, we hope the Justices will respect the conscious rights of American citizens to conduct business in a manner that is consistent with their deeply held beliefs," said Anthony Verdugo, Founder and Executive Director, Christian Family Coalition (CFC). “Americans must not be discriminated against and have their equal rights under the law violated as a pre-condition to their entering into the sphere of commerce and making a living for themselves and their families,” Verdugo concluded.
Read the Christian Family Coalition amicus brief, filed along with Thomas More Society, Liberty, Life, and Law Foundation, here.