The owners of a Colorado-based heating and air conditioning company have scored a win against President Obama's health care mandate, which requires companies provide coverage for birth control.
The owners of Hercules Industries are Catholic. Their beliefs condemn contraception, but the for-profit company doesn't qualify for the religious exemption to providing the coverage
But on Friday, U.S. District Court Judge John Kane judge granted them a preliminary injunction. The ruling prevents the federal government from enforcing the mandate against the company.
The Denver company is represented by Alliance Defending Freedom (formerly the Alliance Defense Fund).
"This decision portends the demise of the current administration's attempts to drive religious activity from the public square and confine it within the four walls of a church," Hannah Smith, senior counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, said of the ruling.
Planned Parenthood Federation of America President Cecil Richards disagreed with the judge's ruling.
He said there is no reason for a private business owner to demand an exception from the mandate.