OKLAHOMA CITY – A U.S. Supreme Court decision today upholds the religious liberties of Americans, state Rep. Mike Sanders said. The court ruled that employers with religious objections can refuse to pay for contraception.
“I agree 100 percent with their decision,” said Sanders, R-Kingfisher. “Our Constitution protects our liberties. That is why we fought the Revolutionary War against tyranny and for religious freedom. This ruling says that if an employer does not believe in contraception or abortion, the government cannot require them to pay for insurance coverage that provides those services.”
Although the court did not rule broadly on insurance mandates, conservatives believe the government should not be involved in the financial decisions of employers.
“Insurance coverage and employee pay are decisions to be made by each individual employer in response to the market and their relationship with their employees,” Sanders said. “History shows us that government should not be micromanaging America. ObamaCare has done just that; it is invasive and overreaching. I think we will see more decisions come down against it in the future.”
The state of Oklahoma supported Hobby Lobby during each stage of this lawsuit, filing friend of the court briefs supporting the Green family’s challenge of the contraception mandate in the Affordable Care Act.