Court: Businesses Can Hold Religious Views

Court: Businesses Can Hold Religious Views

Staff Report
The Associated Press

A closely-watched Supreme Court case has ended in a victory for the owners of Hobby Lobby, a chain of arts-and-crafts stores.

The owners objected to a provision of the new health care law requiring that they cover contraceptives for women -- saying it violated their religious views.

On Monday, the high court ruled 5-to-4 that they don't have to provide that coverage.

It's the first time that the high court has ruled that profit-seeking businesses can hold religious views under federal law.

But the ruling applies only to corporations that are controlled by just a few people -- in which there's no essential difference between the business and its owners.