Furniture Company Loses Challenge on Religious Grounds to Obamacare

, The Legal Intelligencer


While the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark decision in Citizens United extended First Amendment protections to corporations' freedom of speech, it doesn't extend the right to freely practice religion to private companies, a federal judge ruled in a case of first impression challenging parts of Obamacare.

This content has been archived. It is available exclusively through our partner LexisNexis®.

To view this content, please continue to Lexis Advance®.

Continue to Lexis Advance®

Not a Lexis Advance® Subscriber? Subscribe Now

Why am I seeing this?

LexisNexis® is now the exclusive third party online distributor of the broad collection of current and archived versions of ALM's legal news publications. LexisNexis® customers will be able to access and use ALM's content by subscribing to the LexisNexis® services via Lexis Advance®. This includes content from the National Law Journal®, The American Lawyer®, Law Technology News®, The New York Law Journal® and Corporate Counsel®, as well as ALM's other newspapers, directories, legal treatises, published and unpublished court opinions, and other sources of legal information.

ALM's content plays a significant role in your work and research, and now through this alliance LexisNexis® will bring you access to an even more comprehensive collection of legal content.

For questions call 1-877-256-2472 or contact us at

What's being said

  • Sheila Berry

    I find it nearly impossible to fathom why these employers believe they have the right to stuff their religious beliefs down the throats of their employees. That isn't religious freedom, it's oppression. Take a look at Chalmers v. Tulon Company, 101 F.3d 1012; 1996 U.S. App. LEXIS 31089 (4th Cir. 1996), in which the court agreed with Judge Richard Williams, that employees have the right to be FREE from the imposition of the religious beliefs of supervisors and co-workers in the workplace.

  • Judge Navin-Chandra Naidu

    If corporations are deemed "persons" for the purposes of interpretation and applicability, the Citizens United ruling ought to find traction in the arguments advanced by the Mennonite business entity. Judge Goldberg seems to have difficulty in apportioning certain rights to free speech, and restricted rights to freedom of religion both of which find sanctity in the First Amendment. When the learned judge juxtaposed purpose with precedent, we need to get on a constitutional diet!

Comments are not moderated. To report offensive comments, click here.

Preparing comment abuse report for Article #1202584237331

Thank you!

This article's comments will be reviewed.