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What the Hobby Lobby decision does -- and doesn't -- say

To the editor: It is misleading to say flatly that the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling applies to all corporations. ("Myths and spin abound on Supreme Court contraceptive decision," July 3) Twice the majority opinion stated its holding very simply. First: "We hold that a federal regulation's restriction on the activities of a for-profit closely held corporation must comply with RFRA," the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993. And at the end: "The contraceptive mandate [of the Affordable Care Act], as applied to closely held corporations, violates RFRA." The opinion explicitly denies making any ruling about publicly traded corporations. ...

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