Oklahoma Leaders, Others React to Hobby Lobby Ruling
This morning the Supreme Court ruled in the Hobby Lobby case saying corporations can hold religious objections that allow them to opt out of the new health law requirement that they cover contraceptives for women.
Here are some of the reactions from Oklahoma leaders and others, who all praised the decision.
Senator Jim Inhofe:
"The Green family has built a successful business based on principles that are rooted in their deeply held faith. Today the Supreme Court ruled to protect those principles and the religious liberties of private employers. ObamaCare's mandate that employers provide abortion inducing drugs to employees violated the conscience of the Greens. Instead of succumbing to enormous financial penalties for failing to comply, the Green family stood strong in their faith and successfully fought against the intrusions of the federal government and preserved their right to religious freedom."
Attorney General Scott Pruitt:
"Today's Supreme Court ruling is a pivotal victory for religious liberty. This ruling reaffirms the principle that America is a nation that recognizes first among our unalienable rights is the right to freely exercise our faith. I am thankful the Green family courageously stood up for their beliefs in the face of severe penalty from the federal government. I am humbled to have supported the Green family throughout this arduous process and congratulate them on today's victory," Attorney General Pruitt said.
Congressman Jim Bridenstine:
"This is a great day for religious liberty in America. The Supreme Court has ruled, although more narrowly than many would prefer, that closely held companies do not have to leave their deeply held religious convictions at the door of their businesses. I celebrate with the Green and Hahn families and offer my sincere appreciation for standing on their beliefs."
Barbara Green, Hobby Lobby co-founder:
"Our family is overjoyed by the Supreme Court's decision. Today the nation's highest court has re-affirmed the vital importance of religious liberty as one of our country's founding principles. The Court's decision is a victory, not just for our family business, but for all who seek to live out their faith. We are grateful to God and to those who have supported us on this difficult journey."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.