January 3rd, 2014
09:21 AM ET
4 months ago

Supreme Court to rule on Obamacare, same-sex marriage injunctions

Washington (CNN) – The Supreme Court could act as early as Friday on pending requests for injunctions in two separate, high-profile cases– health care reform and same-sex marriage - that put Justice Sonia Sotomayor in an unusually pivotal role.

Religious-affiliated non-profits - including a Denver-based home for the elderly run by Catholic nuns - have asked the high court to block enforcement of the requirement in the Affordable Care Act to provide birth control and other reproductive health coverage to their workers.

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  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    I think the challenge will be defeated. It's not as if catholic women don't have sex out of wedlock or promiscuously. I'd like to know where the Pope stands on this issue.

    January 3, 2014 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  2. rs

    This will be interesting to watch.
    On the birth control front- religious organizations have ample latitude already. The trick will be to see if SCOTUS allows corporations run by fanatics to deny their employees (who may or may not have the same religious "beliefs") birth control. This would be a sort of extension of Citizens United- granting corporations not only "personhood" (first Amendment rights as in the Citizens United decision), but a "religion" in this case as well.
    On the Same sex marriage front- well Utah blew it. It elected an Attorney General who had to resign for ethical issues and had a temporary one in place who failed to file the motion to restrict same sex marriages while the decision was under appeal. He has since lost the job and the third Attorney General is now trying to make a case to halt the marriages after the fact- and more than 1,000 couples have wed with hundreds more with active, valid licenses. That will be hard to undo.
    If SCOTUS rules against Utah, that may make same-sex marriage legal nationwide. Ironic, that Utah and the Prop. 8 people and the Mormon Church may have been the causality for that change!

    January 3, 2014 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  3. tom l

    @rs
    "The trick will be to see if SCOTUS allows corporations run by fanatics to deny their employees (who may or may not have the same religious "beliefs") birth control."

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    Or, maybe they believe what they believe and you should let them alone rather than eviscerate them for exercising their freedom of religioin? Why must you feel you and the govt have the right to impinge on their rights?

    January 3, 2014 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  4. ChrisM

    Religious organizations, Yes, to the exemption. Corporations, No. Its a simple as that.

    January 3, 2014 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  5. rs

    tom l
    @rs
    "The trick will be to see if SCOTUS allows corporations run by fanatics to deny their employees (who may or may not have the same religious "beliefs") birth control."

    ====

    Or, maybe they believe what they believe and you should let them alone rather than eviscerate them for exercising their freedom of religioin? Why must you feel you and the govt have the right to impinge on their rights?
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    Tom, think! If the SCOTUS allows rich corporate owners who have distinctly out-of-step religious beliefs around birth control to be able to keep their employees from getting perfectly legal birth control- based on their belief, then it is not their "freedom of religion" that is at stake, it is the workers rights. Your religious beliefs cannot be used to trump my legal rights. Get it?

    January 3, 2014 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  6. Lolo

    Can you believe this nonsense. The employees will be paying their insurance premiums and they should be able to buy what they want. These religious nuts are going to far.They should penalize the corporations trying to stop people from having access to birth control who wants it. Like I said before the conservative wingnuts do not have a clue about the law. This is a personal decision and quit trying to be judge, jury and executioner all in one. Religion and Politics are to be seperate, but you can't tell the GOP/TP/Evangelical nuts this. If they don't want to use birth control, have an abortion then don't do it, but you can't force your religious beliefs on other people.

    January 3, 2014 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  7. just saying

    Little Sisters of the Poor v. Sebelius
    -–

    wonderful optics there lefties!! big bad government infringing upon the religious expression (taking care of the poor) of the little sisters of the poor. so if big bad government 'wins', the poor will suffer as the onerous fines are meant to drive the offender out of existence. nice work lefties, champions of compassion and of the poor. next joke!

    January 3, 2014 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  8. smith

    Contraceptives should be free of charge. The US has a population and an STD problem.

    January 3, 2014 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  9. bill

    @dutch/bad...... I'd like to know where the Pope stand's on this issue. if you could tear yourself away from this ticker for a few seconds and do a little research, you would know where he stands.

    January 3, 2014 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  10. Lynda/Minnesota

    Do I agree that these folks have every right to tell us they think contraception is a sin? Oh, absolutely. However, not providing contraception prior to pregnancy is not going to bode well for those who want to see abortion rates lowered any time soon.

    January 3, 2014 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  11. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    bill
    @dutch/bad...... I'd like to know where the Pope stand's on this issue. if you could tear yourself away from this ticker for a few seconds and do a little research, you would know where he stands.
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    He supports it. My question is what the church will do if the challenge is held up?

    January 3, 2014 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  12. rs

    just saying
    Little Sisters of the Poor v. Sebelius
    -–

    wonderful optics there lefties!! big bad government infringing upon the religious expression (taking care of the poor) of the little sisters of the poor. so if big bad government 'wins', the poor will suffer as the onerous fines are meant to drive the offender out of existence. nice work lefties, champions of compassion and of the poor. next joke!
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    Except the reality is the Church-based groups already have the exemption. Their problem is they don't want to fill out the form declaring their exemption. That's their problem, not the government's.

    January 3, 2014 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  13. GOP = Greed Over People

    If religious beliefs become grounds for skirting secular laws, then I want my taxes excluded from paying for wars, especially the ones the GOP lied to get us involved in for profits and no bid contracts.

    I believe in the 10 Commandments, specifically, the one that states "Thou shalt not kill"!

    January 3, 2014 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  14. tom l

    @GOP
    "I believe in the 10 Commandments, specifically, the one that states "Thou shalt not kill"!"

    ====

    It's "thou shalt not murder". Big difference.

    January 3, 2014 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  15. sonny chapman

    Re: prayer, Jesus said,"Go to your inner room & close the door. The Father will hear you". Matthew 5,5. Is it their Faith or Public Recognition motivating these Plaintiffs ?

    January 3, 2014 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  16. wendel

    all good Catholic's will follow the church teaching the rest of us should be exempt. This is a personal choice. As long as church run hospitals are taking patents that are non catholic and our money they should provide for their workers as well as us. But they don't and have intervene with problem births to interject doctrine Why are we using these hospitals????

    January 3, 2014 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  17. rs

    tom l
    @rs
    You are so arrogant. Who are you to decide what is "out of step"? These are their religious beliefs. You tout the first amendment yet you have no desire to live by that because someone has different beliefs than you do and then you have the audacity to judge these people because they happen to have faith in something you don't.

    As far as your "worker's rights" line of thinking, again you are out of line. If you don't like the company, then don't work there. Nobody is forcing anyone to work anywhere. Their beliefs 100% trump your incorrect interpretation of "worker's rights".
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    Grow up, Tom. Using a corporate master's "religious" beliefs to deny workers the ability to get insurance provided birth control (that they pay for) is simply using the patina of religion to enforce someone else's religious beliefs on the rest of us- That is arrogance!
    Meanwhile- acknowledge that 98% of Catholic women use birth control at some point. That means my friend that even adherents to that religion ignore their church's teachings/beliefs.
    Don't want to use birth control- that's your right. You have no such right to prevent anyone else from doing so however.

    January 3, 2014 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  18. rs

    tom l
    @GOP
    "I believe in the 10 Commandments, specifically, the one that states "Thou shalt not kill"!"

    ====

    It's "thou shalt not murder". Big difference.
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    What a hypocrite you are! So you would deny people birth control because that's what the corporate boss wants, but you reserve the ability to kill, and keep your precious religious exception.

    January 3, 2014 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  19. rs

    Meanwhile, Tom- please explain how a corporation can have religious beliefs, and why you feel such beliefs need to be protected. We're talking Hobby Lobby and Dominos here- not churches or real religions.

    January 3, 2014 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  20. Malory Archer

    tom l

    @rs
    "The trick will be to see if SCOTUS allows corporations run by fanatics to deny their employees (who may or may not have the same religious "beliefs") birth control."

    ====

    Or, maybe they believe what they believe and you should let them alone rather than eviscerate them for exercising their freedom of religioin? Why must you feel you and the govt have the right to impinge on their rights?

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    Do you agree that a Jehovah's Witness or Christian Scientist-owned business should be able to deny covering live-saving blood transfusions for their employees? Or that a Scientologist-owned business should be able to deny coverage for diabetes or mental health services?

    January 3, 2014 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  21. Delta Communications

    These religious organizations need to show the US government that they are serious and aren't going to take it anymore and refuse to take advantage of the Billions in IRS Tax write-offs every year.

    January 3, 2014 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  22. Malory Archer

    just saying

    Little Sisters of the Poor v. Sebelius
    -–

    wonderful optics there lefties!! big bad government infringing upon the religious expression (taking care of the poor) of the little sisters of the poor. so if big bad government 'wins', the poor will suffer as the onerous fines are meant to drive the offender out of existence. nice work lefties, champions of compassion and of the poor. next joke!

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    How is requiring the Little Sisters of the Poor to provide family planning services to their employees going to cause the poor to suffer? If anything, the Little Sisters of the Poor should be providing family planning services to the poor so they stop having children they can't afford and placing a further burden on such charitable organizations.

    January 3, 2014 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  23. GOP = Greed Over People

    @tom l

    Didn't know I HAD to specify which set of Commandments I believe in.

    Make that the King James Version, which always has and still does state "Thou shalt not KILL".

    Apparently only Fox Fables and the GOP "chri$tians" allow "exclusions" and "variations" of KILL.

    January 3, 2014 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  24. Malory Archer

    bill

    @dutch/bad...... I'd like to know where the Pope stand's on this issue. if you could tear yourself away from this ticker for a few seconds and do a little research, you would know where he stands.

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    The Pope's stand is that we need to stop persecuting people for being gay, and get into the 21st Century regarding family planning. In Italy – one of the most Catholic nations in the world – you can buy condoms at the supermarket checkout, right next to the chewing gum and breath mints, and nobody bats an eye! Modern Italians tend to have much smaller families than in the past, and I can tell you from personal experience it ain't because we're not "doing it"!

    January 3, 2014 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  25. rs

    Delta Communications
    These religious organizations need to show the US government that they are serious and aren't going to take it anymore and refuse to take advantage of the Billions in IRS Tax write-offs every year.
    ________ :-)

    January 3, 2014 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
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