Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.
Closely-held, for-profit corporations may qualify as a “person” under RFRA and thereby be entitled to religious freedom protection. As applied, government agency’s “contraceptive mandate” substantially burdened the exercise of religion and agency did not satisfy the least restrictive means requirement.
573 U.S. 682
Religious Tradition Involved
State/Territory of Origin
Clause (Free Exercise / Establishment / Both / Other)
Does it involve religious institution(s) or individual(s)
Local / State / Federal Legislation
Uphold / Overturn Penultimate Court
Penultimate court of appeals
Penultimate court opinion citation
Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. v. Sebelius, 723 F.3d 1114 (10th Cir. 2013), aff'd sub nom. Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., 573 U.S. 682 (2014)