A federal judge has ruled that North Carolina can’t offer a license plate that says “Choose Life” without also allowing a pro-choice license plate option for drivers in that state. The state legislature voted for a bill to authorize such plates, but rejected at least six attempts to authorize offering a pro-choice plate.
U.S. District Court Judge James C. Fox ruled on Friday that North Carolina cannot produce or distribute the “Choose Life” plate.
Judge Fox concluded, “The State’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 American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina Legal Foundation had filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina in Sept. 2011 on behalf of North Carolinians seeking a specialty license plate that supports a woman’s right to reproductive freedom.
You can read the full ruling here. This was a very easy case. I don’t see how the state could have thought it would end any other way.