Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Kansans applaud SCOTUS ruling

By The Herald Staff | 6/30/2014

The U.S. Supreme Court has consistently affirmed Americans’ First Amendment rights to exercise religious beliefs, U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kansas, said Monday after a Supreme Court ruling that said requiring family-owned corporations to pay for insurance coverage for contraception under the Affordable Care Act violated a federal law protecting religious freedom.

“[Monday’s] Supreme Court decision rightly rejects the federal government’s intrusion into an individual’s religious liberty,” Moran said, according to a news release. “This ruling protects religious practice beyond places of worship without harm to others. I applaud the Supreme Court’s decision.”

The U.S. Supreme Court has consistently affirmed Americans’ First Amendment rights to exercise religious beliefs, U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kansas, said Monday after a Supreme Court ruling that said requiring family-owned corporations to pay for insurance coverage for contraception under the Affordable Care Act violated a federal law protecting religious freedom.

“[Monday’s] Supreme Court decision rightly rejects the federal government’s intrusion into an individual’s religious liberty,” Moran said, according to a news release. “This ruling protects religious practice beyond places of worship without harm to others. I applaud the Supreme Court’s decision.”

In a 5-to-4 decision, which applied to two companies owned by Christian families, opened the door to challenges from other corporations to many laws that opposition to the law said violates their religious liberty, according to media reports.

The Supreme Court affirmed the right of religious freedom, one of the bedrock principles enshrined in the American constitution, Gov. Sam Brownback said, according to a news release.

“[The Supreme Court] again rebuked a needless overreach of President Obama’s administration,” Brownback said. “Kansans understand that President Obama’s Washington approach, with its one-size-fits-all philosophy, coupled with the President’s repeated abuses of power, are not good for America and are terrible for Kansas.

“Importantly, the Court’s decision was based on the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act. In 2013, I was proud to sign the Kansas version of this act into law. The Kansas Preservation of Religious Freedom Act provides another level of religious freedom protection to Kansans,” Brownback said.

U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, joined in applauding the court’s decision, according to a news release.

“Kansans join millions of pro-life Americans in celebrating this victory, especially at a time when the Obama Administration has said it will circumvent the Congress to enact its agenda. The Court’s ruling has affirmed that they cannot circumvent the Constitution,” Roberts said, according to a news release.

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