The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty has represented the Green family, and its family business, Hobby Lobby, since 2012.
Becket Fund lawyers won Hobby Lobby’s case before the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. The ruling became the first in a string of decisive victories for religious liberty. Those cases, like Hobby Lobby’s, challenge a federal regulation that forces family business owners to choose between their own deeply held beliefs and a government mandate. After the Becket Fund’s victory on behalf of the Green family, the government appealed the case to the Supreme Court. The Becket Fund and the Greens agreed that the highest court in the nation should rule on whether owners have the right to conduct their businesses according to their sincerely held religious convictions.
The Becket Fund is a non-profit, public interest law firm that protects the free expression of all faiths.
The Becket Fund represents its clients on a pro bono basis — that is, they provide their services free of charge. They are sustained by the generosity of their donors.
History of the Becket Fund
The Becket Fund is the premier religious liberty law firm in the United States. The Becket Fund has argued almost 200 cases since its creation. It has won an extraordinary 87 percent of these cases.
Its biggest victory to date came last year, when the Becket Fund won a rare, unanimous U.S. Supreme Court decision for religious liberty. In that case, the Supreme Court adopted the Becket Fund’s arguments 9-0, saying that religious groups should be free from government interference when they choose their leaders. The case, Hosanna-Tabor, was hailed by experts as the most important religious liberty case in the last 50 years.