Federal Judge Lets Tom Monaghan Avoid Giving Employees Birth Control Coverage
December 31st, 2012, 1:44 PM
Domino's Pizza founder Tom Monaghan, who wears his Roman Catholicism on his lapel in the form of a crucifix, had his prayers answered by a federal judge over the issue of contraception.
U.S. District Judge Lawrence Zatkoff has granted a temporary restraining order that allows Monaghan to avoid contraceptive coverage for employees in his Ann Arbor Domino’s Farms property management company mandated under the Affordable Care Act, according to Zlati Meyer in the Free Press.
The ruling does not cover Domino’s Pizza, which Monaghan sold in 1998.
In an opinion issued Sunday, Zatkoff wrote that Monaghan, who is widely known as a devout Catholic, has shown that “abiding by the mandate will substantially burden his exercise of religion.”