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‘Hobby Lobby’-ing for Religious Freedom: Crafting the Religious Employer Exemption to the PPACA

Published in Kentucky Law Journal, Vol. 102 Book 1

by  Emily Mattingly

Introduction

[F]aith is woven into their business.  It is reflected in what they sell, in how they advertise, in how they treat employees, in how much they give to charity, and in the one day of the week when their stores are closed.  In a profound way, their business is a ministry.

Founded and privately held by CEO David Green and his family, Hobby Lobby is one of the nation’s leading arts and crafts chains, operating over 500 stores in forty-one states with more than 13,000 full-time employees who are eligible for health insurance coverage. Despite its tremendous success, Hobby Lobby is currently in the midst of a battle to preserve its religious liberty.

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