Republicans lawmakers and officials quickly praised the Supreme Court's decision Monday morning that some employers can opt out of providing certain kinds of contraceptive coverage mandated under the federal health-care law if doing so violates their religious beliefs. Democrats said they were disappointed in the ruling.
"This decision protects the religious freedom that is guaranteed to all Americans by the First Amendment, and we're grateful the Court ruled on the side of liberty. The central issue of this case was whether the federal government can coerce Americans to violate their deeply held religious beliefs, and thankfully the Court has upheld the proper limits on the government's power," said Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, in a statement.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said in a statement that the decision "makes clear that the Obama administration cannot trample on the religious freedoms that Americans hold dear."
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R), a potential 2016 presidential candidate, said in a statement the high court "formally recognized what the overwhelming majority of Americans already know to be true: that religious liberty is a good thing."
Other Republican lawmakers quickly tweeted their support for the decision:
Victory! SCOTUS sides with religious freedom by not requiring family businesses to abandon their religious beliefs to comply w/ Obamacare
— Rep. Roger Williams (@RepRWilliams) June 30, 2014
— Reid Ribble (@RepRibble) June 30, 2014
Democratic lawmakers swiftly took to Twitter to express their disappointment:
A sad day for American families who want to choose the best health care available. #HobbyLobby
— Yvette D. Clarke (@YvetteClarke) June 30, 2014=
NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue said the ruling "from five male justices is a direct attack on women and our fundamental rights. This ruling goes out of its way to declare that discrimination against women isn't discrimination. "