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Liberal Christian groups protest Hobby Lobby birth control fight

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A coalition of liberal Christian groups has come out against Hobby Lobby's lawsuit challenging federal health care guidelines that require companies to provide insurance that covers the morning-after pill.

The Rev. Lance Schmitz says more than 80,000 people signed petitions opposing the Oklahoma-based arts-and-crafts chain's lawsuit. The Oklahoma City pastor tried to deliver the petitions Thursday to Hobby Lobby headquarters but was ordered to leave the property. He says he will mail the petitions instead.

Hobby Lobby, which operates more than 500 stores in 41 states, says providing coverage for the morning-after pill violates its Christian owners' "deeply held religious beliefs."

The petitions say Hobby Lobby's owners shouldn't use their beliefs to deny women access to birth control. The company says it has no objection to preventive contraceptives.

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