Okla. AG files brief in Hobby Lobby case

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's attorney general has filed a brief in support of Hobby Lobby as its challenge to a portion of the Affordable Care Act moves forward at the U.S. Supreme Court.

Hobby Lobby is challenging a portion of the nation's new health care law that would require it to supply certain types of contraception to its employees. The Supreme Court is slated to hear arguments in March.

Attorney General Scott Pruitt said the federal law violates the free exercise rights of Hobby Lobby's owners, who oppose contraceptive methods that can kill a fertilized egg. A federal judge has stopped enforcement of the law as it pertains to the Oklahoma City-based company.

Pruitt filed a friend of the court brief that says Oklahoma's laws protect religious freedom rather than deprive it.

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