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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) applauded a federal appeals court decision to stop the Obama administration from violating a Missouri business owner’s religious freedom.
According to news reports, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals temporarily blocked the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) from imposing a mandate on St. Louis, Mo. businessman Frank R. O’Brien, “a Catholic, [who] says his religious beliefs provide the framework for the operation of his businesses, which employ 87 people.”
“This decision is yet another important victory as we fight to preserve the fundamental religious freedom that Americans have enjoyed for more than 220 years,” said Blunt.
The ruling marks the first victory against the HHS mandate at the federal appeals court level. The March 2012 lawsuit was also the first legal challenge to the HHS mandate by a private business owner. Previously, only religious organizations or institutions had filed lawsuits against the mandate.
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