Hobby Lobby attorney speaks locally Hawley was part of legal team representing chain's owners in suit

By Fines Massey The Daily Record fmassey@lebanondailyrecord.com

A Missouri attorney who aided in the recent landmark Hobby Lobby Supreme Court case calls the ruling a “great victory,” but he says there is “much left to do” in the fight for religious liberty.

“Hobby Lobby was a great victory, but the fight is far from over,” said attorney Joshua Hawley amidst a scattering of “amens” from the group of about 15 people who attended a speaking engagement at Dowd’s in Lebanon. Hawley, who as a member of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty was part of the team representing Hobby Lobby’s owners in a lawsuit against the federal government, spoke about the importance of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling.

The David and Barbara Green family, who own Hobby Lobby, objected at the Health and Human Services mandate to provide what they dubbed “abortion-inducing” contraceptives to their employees. The case, Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, where it was ruled that companies like Hobby Lobby didn’t have to provide the contraceptives based upon the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

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<p><strong>Joshua Hawley, founder of the Missouri Liberty Project,</strong> <span>speaks to a group gathered at Dowd’s restaurant in Lebanon. Hawley is an attorney with the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which represented the Green family in the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby case.</span></p>

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