WOGP News - Over the past few days there has been some real dirty deeds in the American justice system over the balance of power of who controls who when it comes to woman's reproductive rights and lgbt rights.
Apparently when the SCOTUS announced the final verdict and ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby in which this company is based on religious values now has the right to refuse contraceptives to their female staff on their (ACA) Obamacare Healthcare Insurance plans.
This has now opened up Pandora's Box with now the first test of the 1st Amendment clause of ("Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the exercise thereof.") with the possibility that many more companies that are based on religious values to come forward in which they could deny certain rights to other minority groups.
But it didn't take long until other religious organizations wanted in on the SCOTUS ruling with Hobby Lobby's win, apparently a group of religious leaders have sent letters to President Barack Obama asking that he exempt them from a forthcoming executive order that would prohibit federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT people.
The letter, first reported by The Atlantic, was sent on Tuesday by 14 representatives, including the president of Gordon College, an Erie County, Pa., executive and the national faith vote director for Obama for America 2012, of the faith community.
"Without a robust religious exemption," they wrote, "this expansion of hiring rights will come at an unreasonable cost to the common good, national unity and religious freedom."
The leaders noted that the Senate-passed Employment Non-Discrimination Act included a religious exemption:
Our concern about an executive order without a religious exemption is about more than the direct financial impact on religious organizations. While the nation has undergone incredible social and legal change over the last decade, we still live in a nation with different beliefs about sexuality. We must find a way to respect diversity of opinion on this issue in a way that respects the dignity of all parties to the best of our ability. There is no perfect solution that will make all parties completely happy.
The White House announced in June that Obama would issue an executive order forbidding contractors that receive federal funding from discriminating based on sexual orientation or gender equality after the House had stymied ENDA. The White House declined to comment to The Atlantic on the Tuesday letter and did not immediately respond to TPM's request for comment.
The letter didn't mention the Hobby Lobby decision directly. But one of the signees, Michael Wear, the Obama 2012 veteran, told The Atlantic that the court decision meant the administration would need to address such concerns.
"The administration does have a decision to make whether they want to recalibrate their approach to some of these issues," he said.
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