The Supreme Court of the United States ruled 5–4 in its highly anticipated Hobby Lobby decision that closely held for-profit corporations do not have to comply with the contraception mandate under the Affordable Care Act if doing so would violate their religious beliefs. The Supreme Court based its decision on the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which protects “persons” from government actions that substantially burden their exercise of religion, unless those government actions are the least restrictive means of furthering a compelling government interest, and determined that because the contraception mandate is not the least restrictive means available to the government, it cannot apply to closely held for-profit corporations that religiously object to the contraception mandate.

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