US Supreme Court Hearing Arguments in Contraception Mandate Case

By Joe Gullo

Published 03/25 2014 10:34AM

Updated 03/25 2014 10:41AM

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday in the Obamacare contraception mandate case.

Protesters gathered in Washington ahead of oral arguments.

The case involves an Affordable Care Act requirement that for-profit employers of a certain size offer insurance benefits for birth control and other reproductive health services without a co-pay.

At issue is whether certain companies can refuse to do so if it would violate their owners' long-established personal beliefs.

Two separate appeals involving conestoga wood specialties and hobby lobby will be heard together in the high court's one-hour public session.

A ruling is expected by late June.

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