Posted: Jun 30, 2014 3:29 PM by Creighton Hayes, KOMU 8 Reporter
Updated: Jun 30, 2014 7:20 PM
COLUMBIA - The U.S. Supreme Court decided Monday closely held and private corporations have religious rights, and many mid-Missourians have their own opinions on the matter.
The high court's 5-4 decision was based on political idealogical lines. All five conservative justices, appointed by the last three Republican presidents, sided with closely owned corporations, like Hobby Lobby. The Supreme Court's liberal justices, which include the three female justices, voted against the measure.
"I agree with the ruling," said Nancy Owings, a Hobby Lobby customer. "Even though it's [Hobby Lobby] a corporation, they have the right to make those decisions for themselves and their employees."
"People who work here should know what they are getting into," another customer said. "If they want contraceptives covered, they should probably work elsewhere."
The Internal Revenue Service defines closely held businesses as ones in which at least 50 percent of stock is held by five of fewer people, and the ownership group has clear religious beliefs.
Hobby Lobby's owners are Christian, and the company closes its stores on Sundays to observe the Christian day of rest.
Mary Mosely, the president of the National Organization of Women-Columbia, said she disagrees with the ruling.
"We're very disappointed," Mosely said. "We were hoping the court would decide with women for a change."
Mosley also said the National Organization for Women plans to file legislation to overturn the Supreme Court's decision.
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