Earlier today, the United States Supreme Court issued opinions in two religious liberties cases – Our Lady of Guadalupe School v. Morrissey-Berru and Little Sisters of the Poor v. Pennsylvania – in a huge victory for the Trump Administration.
In Our Lady of Guadalupe School v. Morrissey-Berru, the justices voted 7-2 that employment discrimination suits by two teachers fired by Catholic elementary schools are barred by the First Amendment's "ministerial exception." The Court held that the ministerial exception forecloses the adjudication of employment-discrimination claims of Catholic school teachers in these cases.
In Little Sisters of the Poor v. Pennsylvania, the Court held 7-2 that Trump’s Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor and the Treasury had authority under the Affordable Care Act to promulgate rules exempting employers with religious or moral objections from providing contraceptive coverage to their employees.
Together, they amount to two important victories both for religious liberty and the Trump Administration.
Two Big WINS for Religious Freedom at SCOTUS today. All Americans of faith can be assured that under President @realDonaldTrump, the Obama-Biden assault on religious liberty is over! We will always stand with every American of every Faith! 🇺🇸— Mike Pence (@Mike_Pence) July 8, 2020
Two big religious liberty victories coming out of #SCOTUS today. In America, we have the freedom to practice our faith without government interference. Our highest court reinforced that constitutional right, & institutions of faith from all traditions have reason to rejoice.— Sen. Marsha Blackburn (@MarshaBlackburn) July 8, 2020