In late March, the Roberts Court will consider whether corporations are people under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and whether the First Amendment recognizes corporate religious rights. (DerekTGreen/flickr)
While both cases challenge the contraceptive mandate, they raise slightly different issues. In Hobby Lobby, the Roberts Court will look at whether the Religious Freedom Restoration Act‘s provision that the government “shall not substantially burden a person’s exercise of religion” applies to secular, for-profit corporations. In Conestoga Wood, however, the Court will consider a much broader question of whether business owners have corporate First Amendment free exercise rights.
The two cases have been consolidated, or combined, for argument. The Court has scheduled an hour for argument in both cases.