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Mixed reaction in WIsconsin to Hobby Lobby court ruling

MARATHON CO. (WAOW) - There's a mixture of ideas about the Supreme Court's contraceptive coverage ruling.

"The court reaffirmed that American families don't give up their constitutional right to religious freedom just because they open a family business," said Lori Windham, Hobby Lobby's attorney.

Here in Wisconsin, some agree with Hobby Lobby's attorney.

Newsline 9 reached out to the Catholic diocese in La Crosse. In a statement, they say they're happy with the Supreme Court's decision, and they believe justice has prevailed.

We also reached out to Hobby Lobby in Rib Mountain, and were directed to their corporate headquarters. In a statement from co-founder Barbara Green, she says she's also happy, and sees this as a victory for people who want to live their religious faith.

Others disagree.

"It scares me," said Ann Saris, the YWCA of Wausau executive director.

The Young Women's Christian Association is a non-profit dedicated to empowering women. The executive director says she's worried about the decision.

"This is really a Pandora’s box in terms of other rights that could be impacted," said Saris.

She says it's still early to know what will happen in the future.

"We need to be able to plan for what we are capable of individually," said Saris.

Newsline 9 contacted about a dozen area churches in the Wausau area seeking a pastor to talk about the 5 to 4 high court ruling. None were immediately available.

The YWCA director says the narrow ruling likely means the issue of women's rights will become more of a topic for her members. Until now, the Hobby Lobby case didn't generate much discussion in their group.
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