Oklahoma A.G. Scott Pruitt comments on Hobby Lobby ruling

OKLAHOMA CITY — Attorney General Scott Pruitt commented on Monday’s historic ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. The Attorney General said the ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby was a pivotal victory for religious liberty in America.

“The Supreme Court ruling is a pivotal victory for religious liberty. This ruling reaffirms the principle that America is a nation that recognizes first among our unalienable rights is the right to freely exercise our faith. I am thankful the Green family courageously stood up for their beliefs in the face of severe penalty from the federal government. I am humbled to have supported the Green family throughout this arduous process and congratulate them on today’s victory,” Attorney General Pruitt said.

“The founders understood our freedoms emanate from our Creator and not our government, and therefore cannot be curtailed or managed by government. The founders established a Constitution to protect Americans’ religious freedom from an intrusive federal government. Today’s ruling solidifies the principle that our religion is not a silent practice confined to the four walls of a church, but it is an opportunity to live out our faith in the public square,” Attorney General Pruitt said.

The state of Oklahoma supported Hobby Lobby during each stage of this lawsuit, filing friend of the court briefs supporting the Green family’s challenge of the contraception mandate in the Affordable Care Act.