Reading the dissenters would also keep people from misunderstanding the court’s subsequent ruling on Wheaton College, which has led to a similar liberal freak-out. The school wasn’t subject to the same contraceptive mandate as Hobby Lobby. Instead, it qualified for what the White House calls an “accommodation”: It would merely have to sign a form authorizing others to provide the contraceptive coverage.
The evangelical school’s representatives objected, saying that signing the form would itself violate their religious beliefs. On Thursday, the court said that Wheaton didn’t have to sign the form until its case had been heard in court.
Three of the dissenting justices — Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor — accused the majority of going back on its word. Supposedly the majority had blessed the accommodation in the Hobby Lobby case and was now showing “disregard” for its own new precedent.