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Tyler Hobby Lobby shoppers agree with SCOTUS ruling

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TYLER, TX (KLTV) - For the first time, the United States Supreme Court has ruled that a for-profit business can use religion to exempt itself from federal law. Monday, Hobby Lobby won their lawsuit against the Obama Administration's birth control mandate in the Affordable Care Act.
The ruling means the faith-based craft store does not have to provide emergency contraceptives as part of their employee's health insurance plans. It's a ruling many Tyler shoppers say they agree with.

"I think it's a correct ruling. I think the supreme court should have recognized private business paying for their insurance... [they] should be afforded the ability to pay for what they believe in and not believe in," says shopper Natalie Picquet.

"I completely agree with it 100 percent," says Brent Draper, who was at Hobby Lobby with his wife on Monday.

According to Hobby Lobby's lawsuit, their main concern was not about covering most birth control. The pro-life family-owned business opposed the government mandate requiring them to pay for drugs they consider "abortion inducing" like the "morning after" pill and "week after" pills.

The ruling will likely have no direct impact on Hobby Lobby customers.

"I don't know. It kinda doesn't really matter from my perspective," said A.J. Flores who was shopping at Hobby Lobby with his girlfriend.

However, the ruling is something that the majority of  Tyler Hobby Lobby shoppers say they're proud to support.

"This country was founded on freedom of religion, so I definitely think it's something that needed to happen," adds Draper.

United States Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg issued an opinion against the ruling, saying she's worried the court has now entered a minefield. However, the supreme court majority says they don't expect to let this ruling cause a chain reaction of other businesses claiming religious exemptions to the health care mandate.

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