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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WJRT) - The controversial ruling handed down by the Supreme Court last week has people talking all across the country, and now Michigan lawmakers are weighing in on the decision.


The landmark ruling said privately-held, for-profit corporations, like Hobby Lobby, can be exempt from certain laws on the grounds of religious beliefs.

In this case, Hobby Lobby objected to certain birth control options, mandated under the Affordable Care Act.

The decision excited many religious groups and opponents of the Affordable Care Act, but has also caused protests of sorts in Hobby Lobby stores across the country.

Some lawmakers applauded the highest court for recognizing freedom of religion, while others say it's a blow to women's rights and individuals across the country.


"I think the Supreme Court did exactly the right thing,” said Rep. Candice Miller (R-MI). “I don't know why, simply because you're a business owner and a job provider, that you should have your First Amendment rights abridged, certainly in regards to freedom of speech and freedom of religion."

But Rep. Dan Kildee (D-MI) disagrees.


"This obviously speaks to the specific issue of contraception, there's a much larger issue where the Court continues to put the interests and the prerogatives of corporations ahead of the interests and the liberties of individuals," he said.


Democratic lawmakers in both the House and the Senate introduced legislation to override the Supreme Court's decision.

A vote on that bill could happen in the Democratic-controlled Senate as early as next week.

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