Supreme Court rules in favor of businesses over contraception - WNEM TV 5

Supreme Court rules in favor of businesses over contraception

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NORTH BRANCH, MI (WNEM) -

It was a big win Monday for retailer Hobby Lobby after the Supreme Court ruled companies do not have to cover the cost of contraception.

It wasn't just a win for Hobby Lobby though, some local companies were anxiously awaiting the decision as well.

By a razor thin vote the Supreme Court dealt a significant blow to Obamacare and its efforts to provide coverage for birth control for women.

The high court ruled in a five to four decision that business owners can object to covering the cost of contraceptives, based on religious grounds.

It only applies to small companies where at least half of the stock is held by five people or less.

Hobby Lobby, out of Oklahoma City, was the big name, but two companies with ties to Mid-Michigan were also named in the suit. 

They were Mersino, a water management company that has offices in Davison, and MK Chambers, a metal working company, which is based in North Branch.

"We feel very positive about it. It recognized that a for-profit corporation clearly by its owners foster or in ways represent religious beliefs," said Dan Chapman, attorney for MK Chambers.

Business owner Josh Leach said he absolutely agrees with the high court.

"As a business owner I agree with that. We shouldn't be mandated by the government to offer something we don't believe in," Leach said.

Chapman said the issue of religious freedom is something his client's been dealing with for decades.

"Which in the case of our client, MK Chambers company, is very important to them and has been for 50 some years," Chapman said.

Business owners like Leach know that even though the courts came down on their side today the battle is far from over.

"It's a step in the right direction," Leach said.

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