LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- From dismay to vindication, on Monday night there is local reaction to the Supreme Court’s decision about private companies with religious objections to the president's health care law.
The reaction is as deeply divided as the Supreme Court. In a 5 to 4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that some for-profit corporations owned by a small group of people do have religious rights.
WHAS11 Political Editor Joe Arnold has local reaction to the decision, click on the video player above.
As the debate in the Supreme Court’s ruling grows, Kentucky's Representatives sound off:
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell
“Today’s Supreme Court decision makes clear that the Obama administration cannot trample on the religious freedoms that Americans hold dear. Obamacare is the single worst piece of legislation to pass in the last 50 years, and I was glad to see the Supreme Court agree that this particular Obamacare mandate violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA).”
"I support the right of all American women to have full access to contraception, and respect the exemption of churches from providing this service, if it is against their teachings. While I think the Supreme Court got it wrong today regarding corporations, in cases where employers are found to be exempt from requirements that they provide such coverage, affordable insurance should be made available."
Sen. Rand Paul
“Today, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of religious freedom by taking a stand with Hobby Lobby. Religious liberty will remain intact and all Americans can stay true to their faith without fear of big government intervention or punishment," Sen. Paul said. “Our nation was founded on the principle of freedom, and with this decision, America will continue to serve as a safe haven for those looking to exercise religious liberty.”
Congressman John Yarmuth
“Today’s Supreme Court ruling in the Hobby Lobby case is an affront to women’s health. The Court has introduced a new threat to women’s reproductive rights, placing the personal religious beliefs of employers over the health care needs of their female employees. No one should come between a woman and her doctor – including her boss.”
Congressman Ed Whitfield
“I am pleased to see the court render this decision that protects freedom of religion in America and reins in part of the vast government overreach we’ve seen with Obamacare. It is important that businesses be protected from government interference, which is why I am pleased the Supreme Court has upheld the First Amendment in this case. Americans should be able to act according to their faith and not be forced by the government to obey health mandates against their religious beliefs. This is another blow to Obamacare, and President Obama’s radical administration, which continues to ignore the principles of our Founding Fathers and the Constitution.”
Congressman Brett Guthrie
“I applaud the Supreme Court for upholding the principle of religious freedom and striking down the HHS mandate. No employer should be forced to comply with a federal mandate to provide drugs or procedures that violate their religious beliefs. Obamacare sought to infringe on these freedoms and I am pleased that today's decision restored employers' rights to make decisions in line with their conscience."
Congressman Luke Messer
“Today’s decision is a significant victory for religious freedom. This ruling means that the Federal government can’t force those who own and operate family-run businesses to choose between following their faith or complying with a law that is inconsistent with their religious beliefs. I'm glad to see the court calling balls and strikes and protecting every Americans' individual liberty from executive overreach.”