In the latest blow to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), better known as Obamacare, a Michigan judge on Thursday, March 14 ruled that Domino's Pizza founder Tom Monaghan does not have to provide contraceptive coverage for his employees at his Ann Arbor, Mich.-based Domino's Farms property management company.
According to the Detroit Free Press, Monaghan received a preliminary injuction from U.S. District Court Judge Lawrence Zatkoff, who cited First Amendment rights and freedom to exercise religion. Monaghan is a devout Catholic.
With the preliminary injunction in place, Monaghan and Domino's Farms do not have to provide the Obamacare-required contraceptive coverage to employees. Domino's Farms employs 45 full-time and 44 part-time employees and is not connected to Domino's pizza.