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After ruling on Hobby Lobby, can President really push ENDA?

Charlie Butts   ( Tuesday, July 08, 2014

The recent U.S. Supreme Court decision favoring Hobby Lobby and religious freedom begs the question over President Obama and a political vow to homosexual activists. 

The Supreme Court ruled in the Hobby Lobby case that business owners of faith can object to the ObamaCare mandate to provide abortion-causing drugs on the basis of religious beliefs. But the question is whether that policy goes beyond Obamacare.

Barber, Matt (Liberty Counsel)Matt Barber, vice president of Liberty Counsel Action, was asked by OneNewsNow about the President's promised executive order forcing federal contractors to employ homosexuals, lesbians, cross-dressers and transgender people.

"What President Obama is doing with another unilateral executive order here is clearly unconstitutional in that it circumvents Congress," Barber argues. "And he does not have the authority to pass this so-called Employment Non-Discrimination Act unilaterally."

Obama speakingThe bill, called ENDA, has passed the Senate but not the Republican-led House. So the question is whether the President can impose his will on federal contractors who are people of faith. 

What Obama has done, Barber argues, is "single out Christian business owners across the nation, who adhere to their faith, and said, You are not eligible if you hold to the biblical model of sexual morality.You are not eligible to have a contract with the federal government."

Barber says federal law plus the First Amendment of the Constitution suggest the President's plan is unconstitutional, and the Hobby Lobby case bolsters that view, he says. 

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