"(Business owners) cannot ‘move freely between corporate and individual status to gain the advantages and avoid the disadvantages of the respective forms,’ ” the petition stated, quoting the 3rd Circuit Court's ruling against Conestoga Wood Specialities.
The Mennonite owners of Conestoga have also petitioned the Supreme Court for a hearing on its case.
Hobby Lobby's response, while parting ways with the government on whether federal law gives corporations religious exercise rights, agrees the Supreme Court needs to settle that question and others involving the contraception mandate and religious freedom.
"These issues need to be settled now by this court," the response stated. "The existing conflict is likely to deepen rapidly, with the same issues pending in some 35 other cases around the country."
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