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Supreme Court Ruling on Hobby Lobby Case Controversial on Delmarva

The Supreme Court ruled in favor of small companies Tuesday in Washington, D.C. The Supreme Court ruled in favor of small companies Tuesday in Washington, D.C.

SALISBURY, Md.– The U.S. Supreme Court decided Tuesday that it is unconstitutional for some employers to pay for employee’s contraceptives if it goes against the companies religious beliefs. The decision brought with it a variety of opinions on Delmarva.

Hobby Lobby, an arts and crafts chain store, along with other small companies, made headlines after challenging the Affordable Care Act’s requirement to provide employees with contraceptives. The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in favor of the companies.

“As a conservative, I am certainly happy,” said Wicomico County Republican Club President Jackie Wellfonder. “It is a good stand for religious freedom and I agree with the decision. My only hope is that people wouldn’t just read the headline.”

Numerous religious organizations and churches alike are also supporting the ruling. Bruce Glisson, who is the pastor of administration and outreach at Allen Memorial Baptist Church in Salisbury, said the decision is a step in the right direction.

“Even a business can chose to run on religious principles and the government cannot go against [its] religious beliefs,” Glisson says. “They aren’t being forced to provide something to their employees that isn’t biblically sound. What they were objecting to is something people can get in other places if they so choose.”

Others in the area, however, do not believe the Supreme Court made the correct decision, according to Dorchester County Democratic Central Committee Chair Cheryl Everman.

“My feeling is that it is a narrow decision that opens the door to say [companies] cannot hire gays because of religious beliefs,” Everman said. “They strip away individual rights for corporate rights.”

Talbot County Democratic Forum President Richard Calkins said he doesn’t want his party to support these stores.

“It is a terrible decision for women,” Calkins said. “I can’t imagine a job where your employer tells you how to use your health care. The Eastern Shore is a red strip in a blue state. We are busy getting our folks elected…and that is how we want to chip away at the opposition.”

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