Protesters encourage Duluth Hobby Lobby shoppers to take dollars elsewhere

By KBJR News 1

July 3, 2014 Updated Jul 3, 2014 at 6:25 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - This week's Supreme Court's ruling on corporations and their role in providing contraceptives for employees isn't stopping the debate from continuing.

The high court narrowly ruled that the closely held corporation that owns the chain can refuse, on religious grounds, to provide insurance coverage for certain contraceptives for employees–particularly those they view as abortive, like the morning after pill or an IUD.

On Thursday protesters of both the ruling and company owners' stances rallied outside Duluth's Hobby Lobby, signs in hand.

The small gathering called it a peaceful protest in the name of educating the public on the ruling, and their local craft shopping options.

Organizer Laura Gapske says best way to show disagreement with a company is to take your dollars elsewhere, which she added some shoppers chose to do after listening to protesters.

"Her decision was to leave Hobby Lobby this morning and go buy all the camp supplies at Michael's instead," said Gapske, referring to one of the day's first customers, "and so, I'm just trying to encourage people to really think about where you're spending your money, and how that affects the company's decisions."

Hobby Lobby's Duluth office spokespeople said they couldn't provide a comment on today's protest.

Billy Wagness
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