Hobby Lobby contraception ruling may shield Wheaton College on religious grounds

Wheaton College students leaving the Edman Chapel. | Al podgorski/Sun-Times Media

Wheaton College was granted a temporary injunction by the U.S. Supreme Court from penalties from the federal health care law’s contraception mandate, according to the Chicago Tribune. The college challenged the mandate on religious grounds in a similar case to one filed by Hobby Lobby, in which the U.S. Supreme Court ruled some family-owned companies could be exempt from providing contraception to employees.

Hours after ruling that family-owned companies could be exempt from the federal health care law’s contraception mandate on religious grounds, the U.S. Supreme Court granted a temporary injunction shielding Wheaton College from punitive fees while the government responds to an challenge of the mandate by the west suburban evangelical school.

Lawyers for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, a Washington-based public interest law firm representing Wheaton, said the injunction indicates the high court’s decision also will reach broadly to protect non-profit religious organizations.

[Read the full story at the Chicago Tribune]

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