Supreme Court sides with Hobby Lobby

The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, saying that employers with religious objections can opt out of providing contraception coverage as required under the Affordable Care Act.

Hobby Lobby had objected to the requirement based on religious beliefs.

"Under the standard that [the Religious Freedom Restoration Act] prescribes, the HHS contraceptive mandate is unlawful," wrote Justice Samuel Alito. He was joined by Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Anthony Kennedy.

In the dissent, Justice Sonia Sotomayor argued otherwise, but she was joined only by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. In total, the four liberal justices called the decision of "startling breadth" with wide reaching implications, according to PoliticoStory