The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that corporations whose owners don’t want to cover employees’ contraceptive prescriptions because of religious objections shouldn’t be required to do so under the Affordable Care Act.
What exactly that all means for employers, employees, and contraceptive care is still under examination, but Hobby Lobby, the company that brought the suit before the Supreme Court, celebrated on Twitter in the moments following the court’s ruling.
— Hobby Lobby Case (@HobbyLobbyCase) June 30, 2014
The company’s Facebook page has likewise remained silent about the case and the ruling, but that hasn’t stopped commenters from weighing in. Some offered congratulations for the company “standing up for what you believe in,” while others were highly critical.
“Hobby Lobby is not a doctor, not a church and not a person,” wrote Ty Sweeting. “You are a for-profit company that sells stencils.”
The mix of replies on Twitter was similar. Several people congratulated the Hobby Lobby for its win, while others said the company was made up of misogynists.
Barbara Green, co-founder of the chain of arts-and-crafts stores, released this statement on Hobby Lobby’s website dedicated to the case:
Our family is overjoyed by the Supreme Court’s decision. Today the nation’s highest court has re-affirmed the vital importance of religious liberty as one of our country’s founding principles. The Court’s decision is a victory, not just for our family business, but for all who seek to live out their faith. We are grateful to God and to those who have supported us on this difficult journey.
Again, the website for the stores themselves had no mention of the case, though Time columnist James Poniewozik did read between some lines:
Is Hobby Lobby’s website subtweeting itself? pic.twitter.com/FYGWZpZzEt
— James Poniewozik (@poniewozik) June 30, 2014