Hobby Lobby Wants Exemption from Health Care Law

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A federal judge is temporarily exempting Hobby
Lobby Inc. from a provision in the new federal health care law that
requires it to offer insurance coverage for the morning-after pill and
similar birth control or face steep fines.

After hearing brief arguments Friday, U.S. District Judge Joe Heaton
issued a preliminary injunction for the Oklahoma arts and crafts chain.
The judge stayed the case until Oct. 1 to give the federal government
time to consider an appeal.

The Christian owners of Hobby Lobby and the Mardel Christian
bookstore chain argue that their religious beliefs are so deeply rooted
that having to provide every form of birth control would violate their
conscience.

The hearing comes several weeks after a federal appellate court ruled Hobby Lobby was likely to win its case.


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