- Associated Press - Monday, June 30, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma City Archbishop Paul S. Coakley is praising Monday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision in favor of the Hobby Lobby crafts store chain.

The court’s 5-4 decision held that corporations can hold religious objections that allow them to opt out of the new health law requirement that they cover contraceptives for women.

Coakley says he’s glad the high court found that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act protects employers from a “heavy-handed regulation that clearly burdens their exercise of religion.”

Coakley also says he’s hopeful that the ruling signals the court’s “understanding of the fundamental importance of religious liberty.”

Founded by David Green in the 1970s, Hobby Lobby now has more than 15,000 full-time employees in more than 600 crafts stores in 41 states.

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