Jonathan Turley explained that the Supreme Court decision in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores ruled that Hobby Lobby does have religious rights, but limited the decision to closely-held corporations–which have only a limited number of shareholders that only occasionally trade stock publicly, but not on a regular basis.
Whereas Citizen’s United recognized that corporations have free speech rights like individuals, Hobby Lobby would do the same thing for religious rights. Turley said that large corporations are least likely to ask for this exemption, but that there are many closely-held corporations in the United States, making this decision far more sweeping than people realize.
He remarked that this is “a huge blow to the Obama administration.” He went on to say that “this has been an awful 10 days” after some of the previous rulings. “I mean, you just don’t want to get out of bed after a week like that.”
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