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Oklahoma attorney general files brief with Supreme Court in support of Hobby Lobby

In federal case, Attorney General Scott Pruitt argues Oklahoma has “long-standing tradition of using its laws to protect religious freedom rather than to deprive it.”
by Brianna Bailey Modified: January 28, 2014 at 9:01 pm •  Published: January 29, 2014
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Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court supporting Hobby Lobby Stores Inc.'s challenge to the Affordable Care Act.

In a 22-page brief, Pruitt states that Oklahoma corporations have the right to run their businesses in accordance with the owner's faith.

“There simply is no basis in Oklahoma law for concluding that taking advantage of the corporate form strips Oklahoma businesses of the strong religious freedoms afforded to all Oklahoma citizens,” Pruitt argued in the brief. “To the contrary, Oklahoma has a long-standing tradition of using its laws to protect religious freedom rather than to deprive it.”

Pruitt filed the brief for the state of Oklahoma with the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday.

Hobby Lobby founder David Green and family, who own the closely held company based in Oklahoma City, claim that an Affordable Care Act mandate, which requires large employers to cover the cost of emergency contraceptives, also called the morning-after pill, conflicts with the Greens' religious beliefs.

Also Tuesday, 19 Democratic U.S. senators, including U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, moved to file a brief urging the Supreme Court to deny Hobby Lobby an exemption from the contraceptives mandate.

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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 University of Oklahoma and has worked at several newspapers in Oklahoma and Southern...
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