Green family discusses faith, SCOTUS contraceptives case in new video

The Oklahoma family that owns and operates Hobby Lobby Stores Inc., which has challenged a federal requirement that the firm provide insurance coverage for certain types of contraception, because it conflicts with their religious beliefs.
by Brianna Bailey Published: February 2, 2014
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Against a backdrop of old family photographs and smiling Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. employees, CEO David Green and other members of the Green family speak out about their decision to challenge the Affordable Care Act in a new video posted on YouTube.

“People are saying that we are taking rights away from somebody, and there's no way we are taking anybody's rights away,” David Green says in the video seated on a couch next to wife, Barbara Green. “It's our rights that are being infringed upon to require us to do something that is against our conscience.”

The U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments in Hobby Lobby's challenge to the health care law's mandate on emergency contraceptives coverage on March 25.

The Greens oppose a portion of the mandate that requires the company to cover some types of emergency contraceptives, including the morning-after pill, as part of Hobby Lobby's employee health care plan or face millions of dollars in fines each year.

The Greens have spoken publicly about the issue only a few times since moving to sue the federal government in 2012.

The video was posted to YouTube on Thursday.

“We believe that the principles that are taught scripturally are what we should operate our lives by, and it actually flows over into the business,” Hobby Lobby President Steve Green said in the video. “This is an issue of life. We cannot be a part of taking life. To be in a situation where our government is telling us we have to be is incredible.”


by Brianna Bailey
Business Writer
Brianna Bailey has lived in Idaho, Germany and Southern California, but Oklahoma is her adopted home. She has a bachelor's degree in Journalism from the Univerisity of Oklahoma and has worked at several newspapers in Oklahoma and Southern...
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