WASHINGTON,Dec. 27 (UPI) —The U.S. Supreme Court has blocked Hobby Lobby’s request for an emergency injunction to block contraceptive insurance coverage requirements.
The court said Wednesday it won’t decide the craft chain’s case —along with Christian bookseller Mardel,both owned by the Green Family of Oklahoma City —before lower courts have ruled.
Justice Sonia Sotomayor said the stores don’t meet extremely high standards required for an emergency injunction,a document on the Supreme Court’s Web site stated.
“Even without an injunction pending appeal,the applicants may continue their challenge to the regulations in the lower courts. Following a final judgment,they may,if necessary,file a petition”for the Supreme Court to hear the case,she wrote.
The stores have challenged the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s provisions pertaining to certain employer-funded contraception devices and pills that will go into effect Jan. 1.
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