Lawyer Coffey on Hobby Lobby Case: 1st Amendment Not a Gender Issue

Friday, 01 Aug 2014 07:19 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

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Veteran legal analyst Kendall Coffey takes issue with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg that the Hobby Lobby case was influenced by the fact the court is a majority of men.

"A number of people see it as a case about the First Amendment … I don't think that's a gender-based issue,'' Coffey said Friday on "The Steve Malzberg Show '' on Newsmax TV.

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During an interview with Ginsburg, Katie Couric asked her if the five male justices "truly understood'' the ramifications of their decision' to allow employers, based on religious grounds, to refuse to pay for some contraceptives they equate with abortion.

''I would have to say no," Ginsburg replied. "But the justices continue to think and change so I am ever hopeful that if the court has a blind spot today, its eyes will be open tomorrow.''

"Contraceptive protection is something every woman must have access to, to control her own destiny," Ginsburg told Couric.

But Coffey, a founding member of the Coffey Burlington firm in Miami, said, "With respect to the concern that males are unable to fairly judge the Constitution, I do have to take issue with that.

"There's a strong feeling about the First Amendment, and you have many strong First Amendment statements that have been issued by this particular Supreme Court.''

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