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Well, kind-of. Earlier today, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to put a temporary hold on the super wonderful Obamacare provision that requires employers to provide coverage for contraceptives.

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What had happened was: Two Christian chain stores, Hobby Lobby Stores and Mardel, said the law "violates their religious freedom." While they're stuck in court fighting the bad fight against basic women's health care, they wanted the SCOTUS to put a temporary hold on the law, preventing it from going into effect on the first day of the new year.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor was all, "Ugh, please? The day after Christmas? I'm just trying to go home and watch reruns of Judge Judy!"

In a brief written opinion, she said the Supreme Court has never addressed similar freedom-of-religion claims brought by for-profit corporations objecting to mandatory provisions of employment benefit laws.

"Lower courts have diverged on whether to grant temporary injunctive relief to similarly situated plaintiffs," she said, "and no court has issued a final decision granting permanent relief with respect to such claims."

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If the two companies ultimately lose in the lower courts, the justice said, they can still appeal to the Supreme Court. Boo, but duh. Either way, you know Scalia's totally not chipping in for Sotomayor's bd gift.

Supreme Court declines to block provision covering contraceptives in health care law [First Read/NBC]

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DISCUSSION

Ugh, I get so tired of people misreading the Bill of Rights. A refresher:

— the 1st Amendment guarantees both freedom of religion (you can believe whatever you want, and practice it too assuming it doesn't impinge on anyone else's beliefs) and freedom from religion. Which means the state can't establish religion, by, for instance, adopting specific Christian doctrine as federal health care policy. If you don't like birth control, don't use it — stop trying to force your beliefs on the rest of us, including people who work the cash register at Hobby Lobby. If you wanted to control people in that way, go found a church instead of a public, for-profit company.

— Freedom of speech doesn't mean you get to say whatever you want without any consequences whatsoever. It just means you get to say whatever you want without the government shutting you up. So if you say gay people are evil and women should be barefoot and pregnant, no one is going to jail you for speaking your mind. But you may get fired and people might not want to work with you anymore, because you're an idiot. The Constitution does not actually guarantee that everyone will be nice to you and agree with you. It preserves your right to be an ignorant jackass, it doesn't force the rest of us to employ you/publicize you/love you for it.