Federal Court: North Carolina ‘Choose Life’ License Plate Unconstitutional

ncchooselifeRICHMOND, Va. –  North Carolina’s ‘Choose Life’ license plate is unconstitutional because the state doesn’t provide the same forum for motorists on the other side of the contentious issue, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.

A three-judge panel of the Richmond-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously upheld a federal judge’s ruling that the “Choose Life” license plate is unconstitutional.

Lawmakers approved the anti-abortion plates in 2011 and rejected proposals to offer plates with messages “Trust Women” and “Respect Choice.” That constitutes “blatant viewpoint discrimination squarely at odds with the First Amendment,” wrote appeals court Judge James A. Wynn, who is from North Carolina.

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  • tom

    The phrase “separation of church and state” does not appear anywhere in the Constitution!!!!!
    Thomas Jefferson was the first to coin the phrase “Seperation of Church and State.” Let me see if I can find the full quote. I believe the full quote sheds some light on the true intention.

    I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should “make no law regarding an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” thus building a wall of separation between Church and State.

    and here’s where it came from.
    Where did the phrase “separation of church and state” originate?
    As you can see, it was only something he put in a letter to calm the fears of the Danbury Conn. Baptist’s Association. However, the ACLU and other communist groups have siezed on that statement and perverted its meaning to theirown extemist thinking. It has absolutely no constitutional significance as to keeping religion out of schools or politics. It protects religion from government, not the other way around.

  • Just an Idea

    Here’s an idea…offer a license plate with a baby’s face on it while simultaneously offering a license plate with an aborted baby on it…No problem with fairness there.

    • WorldGoneCrazy

      Amen, Just! I was thinking maybe a “Choose Death” license plate for the godless liberals, but your idea is greatly superior. Perhaps we should combine our two ideas?