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Judge halts contraceptive mandate for Mich. firm owned by Domino's Pizza founder

Published: Wednesday, July 1 2015 12:44 a.m. MDT

Thomas Monaghan, founder of Domino's Pizza. (J. Pat Carter, Associated Press) Thomas Monaghan, founder of Domino's Pizza. (J. Pat Carter, Associated Press)

DETROIT (AP) — A federal judge has ruled a property management company owned by the founder of Domino's Pizza doesn't have to immediately implement mandatory contraception coverage in the health care law.

<>U.S. District Judge Lawrence Zatkoff ruled Sunday in favor of Tom Monaghan and his Domino's Farms Corp., near Ann Arbor. Monaghan, a devout Roman Catholic, says contraception isn't health care but a "gravely immoral" practice.

Zatkoff granted Monaghan's emergency motion for a temporary restraining order until a final decision is made in the case. The mandate would have taken effect Tuesday.

The government says the contraception mandate benefits women's health and removes financial barriers. There are about a dozen similar lawsuits pending nationwide.

Monaghan sold most of his controlling stake in Domino's Pizza in 1998 to private equity company Bain Capital.

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