WASHINGTON (AP) -- A federal judge has temporarily blocked the Obama administration from forcing a Christian publishing company to provide its employees with certain contraceptives under the new health care law.
U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton granted a preliminary injunction sought by Tyndale House Publishers, which doesn't want to provide employees with contraceptives that it equates with abortion.
In his ruling, Walton said the contraceptive coverage mandate "compels the plaintiffs to violate their religious beliefs in order to comply with the law" or face government fines and lawsuits.
Matt Bowman, a lawyer for Alliance Defending Freedom, which brought the suit on behalf of Tyndale, said Bible publishers "should be free to do business according to the book that they publish."
The Health and Human Service Department declined to comment, citing the ongoing litigation.
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