WASHINGTON (21Alive) -- The United States Supreme Court ruled today that employers with religious objections can't be forced to provide insurance that covers contraceptives.
The 5-4 decision asserts that businesses have federally protected religious views. In this case, Hobby Lobby claimed that a provision of the Affordable Care Act that required coverage for contraceptives, violated their 1st amendment right to the free exercise of religion.
The Obama administration argued that freedom of religion only applied to the business owners individually but not to the corporation that they run.
The court did stress that the ruling only applies to corporations ran by only a few people, where there is very little difference between the owners and the business.
The case will settle various other claims by corporations that said the provision violated their 1st Amendment rights.
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