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AG Schmidt statement on ‘Hobby Lobby’ decision

TOPEKA – (June 30, 2014) – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt today issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, No. 13-354:

“America’s bedrock principle of religious liberty today prevailed over the demands of the modern bureaucratic state. For the second time in two years, the United States Supreme Court has stricken a part of ‘Obamacare’ as illegal. Kansas has been a proud part of both those successes, and I am hopeful our other pending challenges will succeed in future years.”


Background: Kansas and 17 other states filed an amicus curiae brief in the U.S. Supreme Court backing the challenge of Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Products to the provision of the federal Affordable Care Act that required certain employers to pay for and provide a government-mandated list of health care services to their employees. The required coverage included certain health care services that conflicted with the sincerely held religious beliefs of the families that owned the companies that challenged the law.