In the wake of the nightmare roll-out of the HealthCare.gov site, today’s decision by the D.C. District Court deeming another provision of the “Affordable” Care Act as unconstitutional is yet another blow to the Obama regime. The Court ruled 2-1 in favor of two Catholic business owners who claimed their Constitutional rights were violated by a requirement to pay for birth control.
The Catholic business owners, Francis and Philip Gilardi, own a 400 person produce company based in Ohio. They are practicing Catholics and oppose birth control as a means of contraception. Their lawyers made the case that in order for the brothers to freely practice their faith by not complying with the law, they would be subject to a fine of over $14 million.
Two of the judges disagreed with the ruling, saying that religious rights do not extend to companies that religious people own. In the opinion of District Judge Janice Rogers Brown, she states “They can either abide by the sacred tenets of their faith, pay a penalty of over $14 million, and cripple the companies they have spent a lifetime building, or they become complicit in a grave moral wrong.”
This is just one of an ever-growing number of cases that are making their way through the federal courts against providing contraceptive coverage due to religious convictions. At this point there is no word as to whether the Obama regime will appeal the decision or let it stand. In the meantime, religious organizations are encouraged by this ruling. Ashley McGuire, a senior fellow with the Catholic Association, in a statement said, “The D.C. court has affirmed that this principle applies to everyone, be they small business owners or nuns,” ….“Hopefully the Obama administration will finally stop bullying religious employers and repeal its oppressive mandate.”