U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., believes the Supreme Court has a chance to right a terrible wrong done by the President Obama's health care law if it will side with Americans' Constitutionally-protected right to freely practice their religion over an Administration that insists its values trump those who do not share it's views.
Enzi signed an amicus curiae, or friend of the court brief, that challenges the Administration's authority to require insurance companies to provide, and employers to pay for, coverage of contraceptives. The brief relates to the case Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby, Inc., which argues that the Department of Health and Human Services contraceptive mandate violates the First Amendment's protection of freedom of religion.
"Most people in America may believe contraceptive use is OK, but that isn't the real issue. The real question is does the federal government or a majority of the country have the right to force a minority to give up deeply held religious values. Those of us who signed the brief say no and I hope the court does too, regardless of what one thinks of contraceptives or the president's health care law," Enzi said. "Columnist George Will recently encouraged courts to have the courage to actively defend the freedom of individuals by striking down even highly popular laws and regulations. He wrote that "America's defining value is not majority rule but individual liberty.' That's what these cases are about."
The Administration claims it provided religious exemptions to its contraception coverage rule, but many of those affected have called the Administration's "compromise" a sham.
The brief is led by Senator Roy Blunt, R-Mo., and argues the contraceptive mandate not only violates the Constitution, but the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The Supreme Court is expected to hear the case March 25. Senator John Barrasso and Representative Cynthia Lummis, both R-Wyo., also signed the amicus brief.