Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Court Finds North Carolina's Pro-Life Plates Unconstitutional
In American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina v. Conti, (ED NC, Dec. 7, 2012), a North Carolina federal district court held that North Carolina's "offering of a Choose Life license plate in the absence of a pro-choice plate constitutes viewpoint discrimination in violation of the First Amendment." The court reached this conclusion after rejecting arguments that the specialty license plate program was government speech. The court pointed out that the North Carolina legislature, with rancorous debate, rejected six proposals for various pro-choice plates. The ACLU issued a press release announcing the decision. CNN reports on the decision.