(Madison, Ind.) - A southeast Indiana company has won a temporary injunction against Obamacare fines.
The Grote family and their private business, Grote Industries in Madison, raised religious objections to providing birth control insurance coverage for their employees. The Catholic family claims the federal Affordable Care Act violates their rights provided in the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
The Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago ruled 2-1 Tuesday to grant a temporary injunction from Grote being required to pay a fine of $100 a day for violating the Affordable Care Act. The decision reverses an earlier ruling by a lower court.
“We conclude that the Grote Family and Grote Industries have established a reasonable likelihood of success on the merits of their RFRA claim. We also conclude that they will suffer irreparable harm absent an injunction pending appeal, and the balance of harms tips in their favor,” the court’s ruling stated.
The ruling means the case will continue on appeal, but the company won’t face fines in the meantime.
A manufacturer of vehicle safety systems, Grote Industries employs over 1,100 people.