The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

September 27, 2012

Pastors protest Hobby Lobby birth control fight


Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY — A coalition of Christian pastors in Oklahoma is opposing Hobby Lobby’s lawsuit challenging federal health care guidelines that require the arts and crafts chain to provide insurance coverage for the morning-after pill.

The Rev. Lance Schmitz says more than 80,000 people signed petitions opposing the Oklahoma-based company’s lawsuit. Schmitz tried to deliver the petitions Thursday to Hobby Lobby headquarters but was ordered to leave the property. The pastor says he will mail the petitions instead.

The company had no immediate comment.

Hobby Lobby, which operates more than 500 stores in 41 states, argues in its lawsuit that providing coverage for the morning-after pill violates its owners’ “deeply held religious beliefs.”

The petitions say Hobby Lobby should not use its Christian beliefs to deny women access to birth control.