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Hastings business owner earns temporary victory against government in 'contraceptive mandate' case

Attorneys from Liberty Institute and Minnesota volunteer attorneys Kathryn Nash and Meghann Kantke announced that the federal government temporarily agreed not to enforce the so-called, “contraceptive mandate” against two Hastings car dealerships — Hastings Ford and Hastings Chrysler Center — and their owner, Doug Erickson. Last week’s ruling by the Minnesota district court reiterated the Federal government’s agreement not to enforce the ObamaCare Mandate against Erickson in violation of his religious conscience in the operation of his business. Erickson said he operates his businesses according to the principles of his Christian faith.

“We are grateful that the United States Department of Justice agreed to temporarily refrain from enforcing a portion of the law that we believe would force Mr. Erickson to give up his freedom when doing business,” said Jeremy Dys, Senior Counsel for Liberty Institute. “We hope the Supreme Court of the United States will agree that every American should be free to live and work according to their beliefs and without fear of punishment by their government.”

Last week’s ruling provides temporary relief for Erickson’s business at least until after the Supreme Court of the United States rules in the much-anticipated Hobby Lobby case. Arguments in the Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties cases will be held on March 25.

Chad Richardson

Chad Richardson is the news director for RiverTown Multimedia. He was the publisher of four RiverTown publications until 2016, when he was named news director. He was previously general manager of the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages from 2000 to 2007. He worked at the Hastings Star Gazette from 1996 to 2000 as a photographer and reporter. He also worked as a photographer and writer at the Pope County Tribune in Glenwood.

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