WASHINGTON (AP) — Demonstrators on both sides of the issue are gathered outside the Supreme Court -- where justices are hearing arguments today on whether corporations have religious rights that exempt them from part of the new health care law.
At issue is a provision requiring companies to provide coverage of birth control for employees at no extra charge. The case involves family-owned companies that object to covering certain methods of birth control that they say violates their religious beliefs.
The Obama administration and its supporters say a court ruling in favor of the businesses could also undermine laws governing immunizations, Social Security taxes and minimum wages.
Company supporters outside the court today were chanting, "My faith, my business."
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APPHOTO DCCD102: Margot Riphagen of New Orleans, La., wears a birth control pills costume as she protests in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, Tuesday, March 25, 2014, as the court heard oral arguments in the challenges of President Barack Obama's health care law requirement that businesses provide their female employees with health insurance that includes access to contraceptives. Supreme Court justices are weighing whether corporations have religious rights that exempt them from part of the new health care law that requires coverage of birth control for employees at no extra charge. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) (25 Mar 2014)
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APPHOTO DCAB104: Brandon, left, from Warrenton, Va., sits with Matt and Zack, both from Nokesville, Va., as they wait in line in front of the Supreme Court, Monday, March 24, 2014, in Washington. The men arrived Friday afternoon to be first in line. The Supreme Court is weighing whether corporations have religious rights that exempt them from part of the new health care law that requires coverage of birth control for employees at no extra charge. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) (24 Mar 2014)
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