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Petition delivered by Oklahoma City clergyman protests Hobby Lobby lawsuit

Oklahoma City clergyman said he delivered signatures to Hobby Lobby store after leaving corporate headquarters.
by Carla Hinton Published: September 28, 2012

Instead, he went to a Hobby Lobby store on Reno Avenue and gave it to an employee there, asking for it to go to someone in the corporate division.

The petition, outlined in a news release distributed by Faithful America and UltraViolet, asks Hobby Lobby's leaders “not to use their Christian beliefs as an excuse to put women's health care at risk.”

Schmitz said he agreed to deliver the petition because he opposes anything that limits access to contraception, as he believes Hobby Lobby's lawsuit is attempting to do.

He said he is concerned that limiting access to contraception will result in an increase in unplanned pregnancies, which could result in more abortions.

Duncan said he took issue with the petitioners' assertion that Hobby Lobby's leaders, the Green family of Oklahoma City, should not use their faith as a guideline for their lawsuit. He said Hobby Lobby has a generous health care plan, and the company is not trying to say health care reform is illegal.

He said the company's leaders simply do not wish to pay for drugs that cause abortion.

“Hobby Lobby is not trying to control their employees' lives. All Hobby Lobby is trying to say is ‘please leave us out of providing these kind of drugs that our faith tells us is the wrong thing to do,'” he said.

Hobby Lobby founder David Green has long been known for his Christian religious convictions. The company operates more than 500 stories in 41 states.

CONTRIBUTING: The Associated Press

by Carla Hinton
Religion Editor
Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide...
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