Hobby Lobby files Supreme Court brief

WASHINGTON (AP) — An attorney for Hobby Lobby says the owners of the arts and crafts chain should be exempt from the health care law's birth control mandate because providing contraceptives that destroy life in the womb would violate their religious beliefs.

Kyle Duncan of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty says Hobby Lobby's brief has now been filed at the Supreme Court. The justices will hear arguments March 25 involving challenges to the mandate by Hobby Lobby and Mennonite-owned Conestoga Wood Specialties.

The Obama administration has argued that for-profit businesses don't have religious rights. But Duncan says federal law protects the free exercise of religion "wherever it occurs — in the home, in a church, in a charity or in a family business."

He noted that CVS won praise last week for its decision to stop selling tobacco products, suggesting that businesses can and should act on their principles.

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222-a-05-(Kyle Duncan, general counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, in news conference)-"deepest religious convictions"-Kyle Duncan, general counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, says the Green family that owns Hobby Lobby should be exempt from the health care law's birth control mandate. (10 Feb 2014)

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223-a-13-(Kyle Duncan, general counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, in news conference)-"in the womb"-Kyle Duncan, general counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, says the Supreme Court should uphold Hobby Lobby owners' religious rights. (10 Feb 2014)

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224-a-08-(Kyle Duncan, general counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, in news conference)-"a family business"-Kyle Duncan, general counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, says people don't lose their constitutional rights when they open a business. (10 Feb 2014)

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225-a-11-(Kyle Duncan, general counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, in news conference)-"of those purposes"-Kyle Duncan, general counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, says Hobby Lobby's principled stand is comparable to CVS's decision to stop selling tobacco products. (10 Feb 2014)

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