It is not lost on me as a resident of Virginia and a student of history that our state is once again on the wrong side of the U.S. Constitution and that it will again have to be dragged by the courts into doing what is right and just - although it is heartening that some state officials have recognized the invalidity of the discriminatory laws.
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This spring, the Supreme Court will decide—for the first time in our nation’s history—whether secular, for-profit corporations are entitled to invoke the constitutional guarantee of the free exercise of religion. The stakes are huge, as the justices will determine whether business corporations can claim a religious exemption from federal laws that protect the rights of their employees. You would think that corporations, which routinely jump in to protect their interests at the high court, would have weighed in on an issue of such significance. But not this time. Indeed thus far, the response of the business community has been near-total silence.
In his Jan. 30 op-ed column, “Obamacare’s lethal flaw,” George F. Will praised an Affordable Care Act “suit you probably have not heard about” that would bar tax credits to needy individuals seeking to purchase insurance on state exchanges run by the federal government, and thereby “blow [the ACA] to smithereens.” But Mr. Will omitted an important development in this story.