Republicans hail Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby ruling; Democrats disappointed

People arrive to attend the final session of the term at the U.S. Supreme Court on June 30, 2014 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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:

Democratic lawmakers swiftly took to Twitter to express their disappointment:

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.


Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.
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Sean Sullivan · June 30, 2014