Yesterday, Dec. 30, 2012, Judge Lawrence P. Zatkoff granted a Temporary Restraining Order of Obamacare, the HHS Mandate which is part of the Obama administration’s effort to force health care upon everyone, including the individuals of faith. The HHS mandate requires Christian owned businesses to provide for abortions through an insurance plan for these companies.
The motion was filed on behalf of Tom Monaghan by the Thomas More Law Center (TMLC), a national public interest law firm based in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
The judge granted the emergency motion for a Temporary Restraining Order of the HHS which was requested by Domino’s Farms Corporation which is owned by Tom Monaghan. Domino Farms Corporation IS NOT to be confused with Domino’s Pizza. Monaghan sold the Pizza Company in 1998 and has no active affiliation with it at this time. You may read the judge’s opinion here.
The ruling effectively halts enforcement of the HHS mandate against Monaghan and his property management company, Domino’s Farms Corporation of which he is the owner and sole shareholder. Domino’s Farms Corporation manages an Office Complex owned by Monaghan.
Judge Zatkoff issued his ruling amid a flurry of briefs and supplemental pleadings over the Christmas Holiday between Erin Mersino (TMLC’s lead counsel), and the Government’s attorney. The need for quick resolution was clear—on January 1, 2013, Tom Monaghan would be forced to choose between violating his religious beliefs and violating federal law.
According to the Thomas More Law Center, the Federal Government is expected to appeal the judge’s decision. When that will take place is unknown.