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Supporters Shop Hobby Lobby; Store Refuses to Comply with Mandate

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The Hobby Lobby parking lot in Panama City is full and so are its customers. They are full of opinions about their beloved craft store.

"They have nice coupons, nice bargains, and nice prices," said Mark Clark, a customer of Hobby Lobby. 

"They have a big variety of anything you want to do for a craft," said Catherine Roberts, a visitor from Maine.

"I think it's a great place," said Lauren Jones. "I'm an artist myself so I believe that arts and crafts are a good thing."

In January, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued a mandate under the Affordable Care Act, also known as "Obamacare", that requires all employer health plans to provide free contraceptives, sterilizations, and abortion-inducing drugs regardless of any moral or religious objections.

Hobby Lobby refused and now faces hefty fines of $1.3 million a day

"They are unwilling to compromise their standard basic beliefs," said Bob Wynn. "I sorta' like that."

Wynn and his wife shop at Hobby Lobby weekly.  He says the store's arts and crafts aren't the only thing that keeps them coming back.

"We like their moral standards," said Wynn. "We like their willingness to stand up for what they believe in. Even when the politicians and the beaurocrats in Washington tell them they can no longer stand up for what they believe in."

For Jones she said she doesn't agree with the stores policy.

"I believe strongly that they should that they still should provide birth control for young woman," said Jones. "Especially young woman."

As a mother of two young girls Jones said the stores refusal to provide such services can have negative consequences.

"What if your employee comes up pregnant and cant work because you didn't provide them with the birth control," said Jones. "So I mean birth control is very important. I really believe that it is.

Hobby Lobby is a family owned company based in Oklahoma City. By violating the mandate its 572 stores will accrue more than $40 million in fines in January alone.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor says Hobby Lobby did not meet the legal standard for blocking enforcement of the law.