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An illustration picture shows a woman holding a birth control pill Jan. 3, 2013, at her home in Nice, France. Photo by Reuters/Eric Gaillard

Hobby Lobby wins a stay against birth control mandate

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(Reuters) - A federal judge has temporarily exempted Hobby Lobby Stores Incfrom a requirement in the 2010 healthcare law that it offer workers insurance coverage for birth control, which the retailer said violated its religious beliefs.

The preliminary injunction issued by U.S. District Judge Joe Heaton in Oklahoma City, where Hobby Lobby is based, covers the arts and crafts chain and its affiliated Mardel Christian bookstore chain.

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