Tom Monaghan, founder of the Domino’s Pizza franchise, was awarded a temporary restraining order by a federal judge on Sunday against the provision under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that requires employers to provide birth control coverage.
Federal Judge Lawrence Zatkoff, who issued the temporary restraining order while Monaghan’s lawsuit against the federal government is pending, supported his decision by claiming that Monaghan had “shown that abiding by the mandate will substantially burden his exercise of religion.”
Monaghan, who is devout Catholic, filed a lawsuit against the federal government over the mandate requiring employers to provide coverage for contraception. Monaghan argued that contraception is not healthcare but a “gravely immoral” practice. His is among 11 other lawsuits pending against the federal government on contraception access.
Monaghan sold Domino’s Pizza to Bain Capital in 1998, but is still owner of Domino’s Farms Corp., a land management company in Michigan.