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The 9 Supreme Court justices who are changing the country

Published: Friday, June 27 2014 10:35 p.m. MDT

Updated: Friday, June 27 2014 10:35 p.m. MDT

In this photo taken Oct. 8, 2012, the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court gather for a group portrait at the Supreme Court Building in Washington. The Supreme Court will begin hearing arguments on Monday morning, March 26, 2012, over President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, his Obama's signature domestic achievement. Seated from left to right are: Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Standing, from left are: Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice Stephen Breyer, Associate Justice Samuel Alito Jr., and Associate Justice Elena Kagan.

Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Associated Press

The Hobby Lobby case is expected to be decided this coming Monday, and it'll have tremendous effects on the state of religious freedom in the United States.

To help you get an idea of where the decision might lean, here's a look at the nine Supreme Court justices that will decide the Hobby Lobby case.

Justice Roberts

John G. Roberts Jr.

Title: Chief Justice of the United States

Born: Jan. 27, 1955

Joined SCOTUS: Sept. 29, 2005

Fact: Roberts has a strong influence on other judges and continuously advocates for a decreased docket. This has resulted in more important cases reaching the SCOTUS.

Justice Scalia

Antonin Scalia

Title: Associate Justice

Born: March 11, 1936

Joined SCOTUS: Sept. 26, 1986

Fact: Nicknamed “Nino” by his friends and family, Scalia has a controversial style. Because of his colorful antics, many consider him the Supreme Court’s action movie star.

Justice Kennedy

Anthony M. Kennedy

Title: Associate Justice

Born: July 23, 1936

Joined SCOTUS: Feb. 18, 1988

Fact: President Ronald Reagan nominated Kennedy because of his conservatism, which continues to influence the Court's decisions today. Kennedy sticks to his guns and has not developed new opinions since his appointment.

Justice Thomas

Clarence Thomas

Title: Associate Justice

Born: June 23, 1948

Joined SCOTUS: Oct. 23, 1991

Fact: President George H. W. Bush nominated Thomas to vote conservatively, and the associate justice continues to do. Though some pundits thought he would vote in conjunction with Scalia, he usually forms his own opinions and votes on his own.

Justice Ginsburg

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Title: Associate Justice

Born: March 15, 1933

Joined SCOTUS: Aug. 10, 1993

Fact: Ginsburg frequently speaks in favor of women’s issues and women’s rights, which will likely play a major role in future Supreme Court cases.

Justice Breyer

Stephen G. Breyer

Title: Associate Justice

Born: Aug. 16, 1938

Joined SCOTUS: Aug. 3, 1994

Fact: Breyer commonly votes for what’s best for the people, instead of businesses or corporations. He’s also known for his contradictory decisions.

Justice Alito

Samuel Anthony Alito Jr.

Title: Associate Justice

Born: April 1, 1950

Joined SCOTUS: Jan. 31, 2006

Fact: Alito comes from humble beginnings and often relies on his personal experiences when making decisions in the Supreme Court.

Justice Sotomayor

Sonia Sotomayor

Title: Associate Justice

Born: June 25, 1954

Joined SCOTUS: Aug. 8, 2009

Fact: Sotomayor is one of the newest voices to the Supreme Court. Her decisions are often based on intellectual factors and her own empathy toward people.

Justice Kagan

Elena Kagan

Title: Associate Justice

Born: April 28, 1960

Joined SCOTUS: Aug. 7, 2010

Fact: Kagan is one of the more liberal justices in the Supreme Court. She’s very open-minded, pragmatic and reasonable in her decision-making.

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