Hobby Lobby Not Exempt from Contraception Mandate

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A federal judge rejected a request by arts and crafts giant Hobby Lobby for exemption from the health care law's contraception coverage mandate.

The Christian-owned chain will be required to provide contraception or pay fines totaling up to $1.3 million each day.

Kyle Duncan, general counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, disagreed with the decision.

"Every American, including family business owners like the Greens, should be free to live and do business according to their religious beliefs," he said.

Attorneys for Hobby Lobby argue that the decision violates the company's religious beliefs. The court, however, ruled the mandate only "indirectly" affected their beliefs. Hobby Lobby plans to appeal the decision.

This is the largest business to file a lawsuit against the contraceptive mandate.

"We seek to honor God by operating the company in a manner consistent with Biblical principles," David Green, founder and CEO of Hobby Lobby, explained.

While the company will continue to provide preventive care to their employees, these principles prohibit the company from paying for abortion drugs like the morning after pill.

There are currently 40 different lawsuits filed against the mandate, which is part of President Obama's Affordable Care Act.

The Bucket Fund, a non-profit law firm dedicated to protecting religious beliefs, leads the way for many of these lawsuits.

Along with Hobby Lobby, the Becket Fund represents: Wheaton College, Belmont Abbey College, Colorado Christian University, the Eternal Word Television Network, and Ave Maria University.

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