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Court rules in favor of Hobby Lobby

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WEST MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) – A controversial ruling is handed down from the U.S. Supreme Court. In a highly publicized case, the court ruled employers do not have to provide birth control benefits to employees.

Some say it is a win for religious liberties, others say it is a blow to the Affordable Healthcare Act.

Even so, the Supreme Court sided with the owners of Hobby Lobby, who say the mandate goes against their religious beliefs.

"This is a great win for religious freedoms for all Americans. The Supreme Court ruled Americans do not give up their religious freedoms just because they open a family business," Attorney Lori Windham said.  

Windham represents Hobby Lobby and she says owner David Green and his wife are pleased with the outcome.

Before the ruling, for-profits companies could face a penalty if they didn’t provide birth control coverage to their employees. The Greens say that penalty would have forced them to close their doors.

Local attorney Charles Kincade said granting corporations religious liberties is a slippery slope.

"It’s contraception here and what is it going to be next?  Is it going to be women? Is it going to be the way women dress? Is it going to be even employing women at all?" Kincade said.  

But in the meantime, the Obama administration will have to find another way to mandate birth control and Hobby Lobby will keep its doors open. 
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