DeWine says a controversial case heard Tuesday by the U.S. Supreme Court "is really about religious liberty"

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CLEVELAND -- Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said a controversial case heard Tuesday by the U.S. Supreme Court "is really about religious liberty."

DeWine and the attorney general of Michigan coauthored a brief signed by 20 Republican state attorneys general. The brief was filed on behalf of the Hobby Lobby company, a family-owned business claiming it should not have to provide health care coverage for female employees that includes contraception.

DeWine said the company and others fighting not to offer such coverage say, "We don't mind providing birth control but we don't consider this to be just birth control, we consider part of this mandate to be about abortion."

The Obama administration is arguing that for-profit companies have no religious rights under federal law.

DeWine argues in his brief that the Federal Religious Liberty act should apply here.

Critics say DeWine is overstepping his role by taking even a secondary role in a case that Ohio is not directly involved in.

Watch Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine's full interview with Tom Beres in the player above.

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