WASHINGTON, Dec. 27 (UPI) — The U.S. Supreme Court has blocked Hobby Lobby’s request for an emergency injunction to block contraceptive insurance coverage requirements.
The court said Wednesday it won’t decide the craft chain’s case — along with Christian bookseller Mardel, both owned by the Green Family of Oklahoma City — before lower courts have ruled.
Justice Sonia Sotomayor said the stores don’t meet extremely high standards required for an emergency injunction, a document on the Supreme Court’s Web site stated.
“Even without an injunction pending appeal, the applicants may continue their challenge to the regulations in the lower courts. Following a final judgment, they may, if necessary, file a petition” for the Supreme Court to hear the case, she wrote.
The stores have challenged the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s provisions pertaining to certain employer-funded contraception devices and pills that will go into effect Jan. 1.
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