While waiting for the U.S. Supreme Court to hear its challenge of the government contraceptives mandate, the family behind the Hobby Lobby Stores has made a video to explain its position.
Forty-four years after family patriarch David Green started the company by selling picture frames made in his garage, Hobby Lobby now employees more than 22,000 workers in 500 stores in 41 states, according to the video.
The company was built on biblical principles and Christian family values, Hobby Lobby employee Mandi Broadfoot says in the video. When the Health and Human Services Department mandated that employee health plans include coverage for abortion-inducing drugs, the Greens felt compelled to defend their religious liberties.
In a statement on HobbyLobbyCase.com, David Green said:
My family and I are encouraged that the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to decide our case. This legal challenge has always remained about one thing and one thing only: the right of our family businesses to live out our sincere and deeply held religious convictions as guaranteed by the law and the constitution. Business owners should not have to choose between violating their faith and violating the law.
The Greens have agreed to provide 16 of the 20 Food and Drug Administration-approved contraceptives required under the mandate and “do so at no additional cost to employees under their self-insured health plan,” according to the website.
The Supreme Court announced it will hear oral arguments in the case at 10 a.m. on March 25, to “address the Constitutionally-guaranteed rights of individuals to operate a family business without violating their faith,” according to The Becket Fund.
Watch the video here:
H/T: Young Conservatives