If purveyor of Chinese-made goods Hobby Lobby isn’t allowed to discriminate against their female employees, Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) will personally cross the Red Sea.
Hatch clearly sides with Hobby Lobby, telling the crowd, “I hope the Supreme Court doesn’t screw that up is all I can say … Because if they foul up the First Amendment again, we are going to have a constitutional amendment. And I believe I can put one on that everybody in this country, except the nuts, will support. [...]
“So many have died that you and I can freely vote and assert our feelings about what to do about our country,” he said.
He’s right. So many have died so that Hobby Lobby can avoid offering health insurance plans that cover the cost of contraception. That’s what your forefathers fought and died for, isn’t it?
Never mind that Hobby Lobby doesn’t actually write a check to cover the cost of contraception. The insurance company covers the cost.
And never mind that employees can already use money they earn on the job to buy anything they want, including birth control; maybe even fertility treatments, sex toys, condoms, recreational drugs, or boner pills. They could even choose to purchase their own insurance that covers contraception. The amount of possible sins is already endless.
Wait, what’s that you say? Hobby Lobby insurance plans cover Viagra? Without controversy?
If the idea of a shitty craft store being forced to offer insurance plans that cover contraception makes you feel like we need a constitutional amendment, I don’t believe I live on the same planet as you.
To be clear, what Hatch is proposing is a constitutional amendment that would effectively codify the unequal treatment of men and women.
The sad thing is, the Supreme Court may beat him to the punch. It remains to be seen.
Constitutional Originalism must have been a brief fad.