The Supreme Court made a ruling on Monday in one of the most closely watched cases of its term.
In a 5 to 4 vote, the justices ruled mostly family owned corporations do not have to provide birth control to women if contraception goes against their religious beliefs.
Opinions on the ruling vary across the country. In Knoxville, Bishop Richard Stika said contraceptives are related to abortion, which is something the Catholic Church believes is morally wrong. He said the ruling touches close to home.
"It has to deal with freedom of the expression of living one's life out in terms of our certain moral authority. We have to stand by our principles because what else do we have?" he said.
Local attorney, Esther Bell, attended closing arguments on the ruling in Washington D.C. on behalf of one of her clients. She said the Supreme Court decision didn't come as much of a surprise.
"I thought the government briefs were more persuasive on the paper end of things but certainly Hobby Lobby's oral arguments were far superior as far as their presentation and convincing," she said.
The ruling will change things for businesses not only here in East Tennessee, but across the country. If the Supreme Court would have ruled in favor of the government, Bell said things would be very different.
"They would be telling these closely held family corporations that you have to choose between running and upholding your business and your religious beliefs or running outside of the tax benefits and other structural benefits."
Analysts said Wednesday's ruling introduces something new: religious freedom of corporations. It's a ruling Bishop Stika said he has been praying for.
"It's not just for the Catholic Church but I feel like it's for people of all faith traditions," he said.