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AL politicians react to Supreme Court birth control ruling

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

Republican politicians in Alabama lined up on Monday to praise the Supreme Court's ruling that "family or closely held" companies could have exemptions from a part of the Affordable Care Act that requires employers to provide contraceptive coverage as part of their employees' health insurance policies.

Alabama's Attorney General Luther Strange, who filed briefs in support of Hobby Lobby and for the State of Alabama, praised the high court's narrow 5-4 decision.

"When it boils down to it, this is really a win for religious freedom and for the first amendment," Strange said. "That's why it was so important to our state and to other states because my fundamental obligation is to uphold the constitution of the United States and of our state and this was really a bridge too far under this law."

Some Republican members of Alabama's Congressional delegation including Rep. Martha Roby and Rep. Spencer Bachus applauded the Supreme Court for its decision.

Roby said the Obama Administration, "ran square into the First Amendment's very clear protection of Americans' free exercise of religion."

Bachus said, "The government gets into very dangerous territory when it tries to compel individuals to act in ways that violate their religious freedom."

WSFA 12 News reached out to Alabama's lone Democrat in Congress, Rep. Terri Sewell, but she didn't respond to requests for comment.

The ACLU stated that the ruling is a huge blow to an employee's first amendment rights in the context of their job. They state that the ruling puts religious employers above their workers.

"I mean if there's one thing that is clear, it's that medical decisions should be made by an individual," said Randall Marshall, legal director of ACLU. "Not by an employer, not by the court, and not by the government."

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