- Associated Press - Monday, June 30, 2014

The Supreme Court ruled Monday that some companies like the Oklahoma-based Hobby Lobby chain of arts-and-craft stores can avoid the contraceptives requirement in President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, if they have religious objections.

A sampling of reaction:

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“Today, the Supreme Court took an outrageous step against the rights of America’s women, setting a dangerous precedent that could permit for-profit corporations to pick and choose which laws to obey.” - House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

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“Today’s decision is a victory for religious freedom and another defeat for an administration that has repeatedly crossed constitutional lines in pursuit of its big government objectives.” - House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio.

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“Employers have no business intruding in the private health care decisions women make with their doctors. … If the Supreme Court will not protect women’s access to health care, then Democrats will.” - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.

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“Today’s Supreme Court decision makes clear that the Obama administration cannot trample on the religious freedoms that Americans hold dear.” - Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

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“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.” - Barbara Green, Hobby Lobby co-founder.

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“President Obama believes that women should make personal health care decisions for themselves rather than their bosses deciding for them.” - White House spokesman Josh Earnest.

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