By ED WHITE
A judge has blocked the government from taking any action against a Detroit-area company that opposes the contraception mandate in the new federal health law.
Federal Judge Robert Cleland says the government could eventually win the lawsuit, but he ordered a preliminary injunction Wednesday in favor of Weingartz Supply Co., which sells outdoor power equipment.
Weingartz says the contraception mandate violates the constitutional rights of company owners who are Roman Catholic. The owners say it infringes on their ability to practice their religion.
Under the new health care law, companies can be fined if they don't offer insurance.
Cleland justifies the injunction by saying even the brief loss of free speech and religious rights is an "irreparable injury."
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