But Rep. Rebecca Hamilton, D-Oklahoma City, called the bill a matter of religious freedom. She referred to groups that have fought the birth control mandate, including Oklahoma City-based Hobby Lobby. The arts and crafts retail chain is owned by a Christian family.
"If we can, by making a statement of any sort, throw our support behind those people ... then I'm certainly going to support that," she said.
Ritze's bill originally tried to make enforcement of the federal law in Oklahoma a felony. An amendment removed that portion.