A Hobby Lobby win would encourage discrimination in Utah

A decision in favor of Hobby Lobby in today’s Supreme Court oral arguments could point to increased opportunities for discrimination in Utah and across the country.

Maryann Martindale joined with leaders of Equality Utah and Planned Parenthood to discuss in a weekend op-ed what the high court’s ruling on women’s health could mean for a range of additional issues.

The federal law requires all health insurance to cover preventive services for women, including FDA-approved birth control. A ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby would undermine reproductive rights and anti-discrimination laws and precedent. It would allow the owner of Hobby Lobby, David Green, to decide which laws to follow — depending on his personal religious beliefs.

Oral arguments are being heard today. An opinion is not expected for several more months. You can read the entire op-ed here.

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