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AR Lawmakers React to Supreme court Ruling on Hobby Lobby Case

ARKANSAS-- Two years after the U.S. Supreme Court declared the Affordable Care Law constitutional, the justices strike down another piece of the law.
ARKANSAS-- Two years after the U.S. Supreme Court declared the Affordable Care Law constitutional, the justices strike down another piece of the law. In a 5 to 4 ruling the Supreme Court ruled that some companies do have religious rights that exempt them from a requirement to pay for certain kinds of contraceptives for their employees. The exemption created by the court applies to closely-held companies, where at least 50% of its stock is held by 5 people or less. The religious objection came from companies who feel certain contraceptives like the morning after pill are similar to abortion.

Following the Supreme Court's ruling on the case, lawmakers from across the country began weighing in on the decision. Including many from the natural state,  hoping to win your vote in the U.S. Senate race this fall.

U.S. Senator Mark Pryor released the following statement on the Supreme Court's ruling in the case of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.

"As a man of faith, I understand the deeply held religious views of those who brought this suit forward. At the same time I cannot support those who would return to the days when women paid more than men for basic health care services and folks were denied coverage due to pre-existing conditions, nor do I agree that we should kick more than 220,000 working Arkansans off of their private insurance plans." -- Mark Pryor

U.S. Senate candidate Tom Cotton released the following statement on the Supreme Court's ruling in the case of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.

"This ruling is a win for religious liberty. Obamacare unconstitutionally forces some people of faith to violate the precepts of their faith. President Obama has fought the ability of overtly religious institutions like church charities and broadcasters to exercise their deeply held religious convictions. President Obama may believe that a person's faith should be hidden under a bushel, but I believe it is inseparable from his or her identity. We cannot have equality in America if we are not all equally allowed to exercise and act on our religious convictions. Senator Mark Pryor should be ashamed that he voted for Obamacare, which undermines and restricts religious liberty. Senator Pryor wasn't working for Arkansas when he voted for this unconstitutional law; he was working for President Obama."

U.S. Senator John Boozman released the following statement on the Supreme Court's ruling in the case of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.

"Today the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby because Americans should not have to abandon their religious beliefs simply because they own a business. Thankfully the Court preserved the right for business owners to object to mandates from the federal government that would violate their beliefs.
This is a victory for us in the fight to uphold the religious freedom protections that our nation was built upon."
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