The Supreme Court on Tuesday seemed ready to accept that at least some for-profit corporations may advance claims based on religious freedom, says The New York Times.
Such a ruling would echo the court’s 2010 Citizens United ruling, which recognized free speech rights for corporations, the Times says.
But it just would be a first step in the court’s analysis of the lawfulness of a part of Obamacare that requires many employers to provide insurance coverage for contraception, says the Times.
The argument before the court Tuesday by the companies in the case — the Hobby Lobby chain of craft stores, owned by evangelical Christians, and Conestoga Wood Specialties, owned by Mennonites — was that a 1993 federal law on religious freedom extends to businesses as well as individuals.
By the end of the argument, there seemed to be a tentative consensus that the two firms could be allowed to claim rights under the religious freedom law without opening the floodgates to objections to Obamacare from major public corporations, the Times says.