February 13, 2013 — A federal appeals court on Tuesday voted 2-1 to grant a temporary injunction allowing a private, for-profit business in Indiana to avoid complying with the federal contraceptive coverage rules, Reuters reports.
The Catholic owners of Grote Industries, a manufacturer of vehicle safety systems, oppose providing contraceptive coverage because of their religious beliefs. The company employs more than 1,100 full-time workers (Stempel, Reuters, 2/12).
Grote Industries is one of several for-profit companies that have filed similar lawsuits, which have produced conflicting results in courts nationwide.
Tuesday's decision by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago reversed a lower court's ruling.
In the dissenting opinion, U.S. Circuit Judge Ilana Diamond Rovner said the religious beliefs at issue are those of the company's owners, not the company itself (AP/Crain's Chicago Business, 2/12).
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