Yesterday we covered the fight being engaged by a small business owner against Obama's health care mandate, wondering particularly how something like this could be happening in America.
Several businesses and religious groups have sued over the policy, which requires most employers to provide contraception coverage in their healthcare plans. Friday’s temporary injunction is the first time a court has ruled against the policy.
Judge John Kane emphasized that his ruling only applies to the specific company whose lawsuit he considered — Colorado-based Hercules Industries.
The company, like many others, said the contraception order violates the religious beliefs of its owner. Most of the lawsuits have been filed by Catholic groups who say they should not have to provide coverage that violates their religious opposition to contraception.
It's temporary and it only applies to the one company, but it gives a glimmer of hope to those believing in the notion of religious liberty.
The judge by the way was nominated to the federal bench by Jimmy Carter.