Senators Seek to File Brief in Hobby Lobby Suit

Oct 12, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — More than a dozen Republican members of Congress hope to file a friend-of-the-court brief in Hobby Lobby Stores Inc.'s lawsuit that challenges the federal government's requirement that health insurance cover the morning-after pill.

The group submitted a request Thursday to file briefs in support of Hobby Lobby's lawsuit. The Oklahoma City-based arts and crafts chain says a provision in the health care reform law that requires the coverage of birth control violates the company founders' deeply held Christian beliefs.

Those who signed on to the request include Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell, Oklahoma Sen. James Inhofe and Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch.

The court filing says the brief would explain how Hobby Lobby is protected under the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

A judge has not yet ruled on the request.