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Hobby Lobby Supreme Court decision impacts Michiana businesses

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 Sue McFarland has owned the Divine Mercy Gift Shop for 20 years. She opened the shop after returning from a pilgrimage.

"Just came home and it was on my heart to do it. and I just knew I had to do it," McFarland said.

She says she's relieved the court decided in favor of Hobby Lobby because, as a business owner, she does not believe she should be required to offer coverage for birth control to employees.

"Almost in tears because they did win it. Because it's so important," McFarland said.

The Supreme Court's decision means that small, family-owned businesses like Sue's now have the choice of whether or not they want to pay for their employee's birth control coverage.

"The Supreme Court essentially said that the law called the Religious Freedom Restoration Act exempts business like this. It applies to them and it says Congress can't do anything to infringe on their religious beliefs," said John Kuehn, a labor and employment attorney.

Lawyers believe the ruling applies to businesses that are family owned and held by a small amount of share holders.

"I don't have full time employees so I don't provide insurance, but someday I might and I do not want to have to pay for things I don't believe in," Sue McFarland said.

But not everyone is thrilled with the Supreme Court's decision, including the President.

"The President believes that women should have the freedom to make their own decisions about their healthcare coverage," Josh earnest, the White House Press Secretary, said.

Abortion rights supporters argue the court's decision goes too far.

"Their Narrow judgments said that it's absolutely OK for bosses to make personal decisions for women, about our health care, which we pay for with our labor and that's unacceptable," Ilyse Hogue, President of NARAL Pro-Choice America, said.

How the decision will impact businesses at Hobby Lobby is up in the air. At the Mishawaka location Monday the parking lot was full.

"We did shop here more, yes. And it's like today, we were thinking of going to one of the other places. 'No, let's go to Hobby Lobby and give them our support,'" Roger Barr, a Niles native, said.   

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