Skip to comments.Judge finds NC ‘Choose Life’ plates unconstitutional
Posted on 12/10/2012 8:40:42 AM PST by Clint N. SuhksEdited on 12/10/2012 8:46:47 AM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]
RALEIGH, N.C. – A federal judge has ruled it is unconstitutional for North Carolina to issue pro-life license plates unless the state offers similar plates supporting abortion rights.
U.S. District Court Judge James C. Fox ruled on Friday that North Carolina cannot produce or distribute the “Choose Life” plate.
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Do they now have to get rid of all the sports-team plates, because they “discriminate” by not offering a plate for every professional and college team in the nation? Or anti-specific-team plates?
For instance, you can get a Duke University plate, but you can’t get a “I hate Duke!” plate. You have to choose a single other team to affirm, and that hardly conveys your anti-Duke message.
“NC Special Plate guidelines:
... It takes 300 members to apply and pay the extra $10 to $30 fee.”
I seriously doubt the left could get 300 people to apply for a “choose death” license plate.
As of December 2010, Choose Life license plates are available in 27 states:
States where Choose Life is working for approval
According to Choose Life, Inc., they are working in 15 states to get the sale of the plates approved:
In fact, note that john Bingham, the main author of Sec. 1 of 14A, had officially clarified that 14A applies only constitutionally enumerated personal rights to the states.
"Mr. Speaker, this House may safely follow the example of the makers of the Constitution and the builders of the Republic, by passing laws for enforcing all the privileges and immunities of the United States as guaranteed by the amended Constitution and expressly enumerated in the Constitution." --John Bingham, Congressional Globe, 1871. (See bottom half of third column.)So Roe v. Wade is arguably an example of the Supreme Court ignoring the unique, Article V power of the states to ratify proposed amendments to the Constitution just like Congress and the Oval Office regularly ignore the will of the Article V majority.
So if you have a plate that condemns bullying, do you have to create a plate that commends bullying?
“viewpoint discrimination” is NOT protected in the Constitution.
“LIFE”, however, IS protected in the Constitution!
So, which “Viewpoint” did you believe you were authorized to protect?
Just another great opportunity to overturn this stupidity in a higher court.
I feel so sorry for the kids today. My grandchildren have to put up with the government “indoctrination”. Disgusting !
It's called legislating from the bench. And corrupt judges get away with it because citizens are not being taught the difference between legislative and judicial powers.
Drunk with power. And who could stop them anymore?
The state legislature could tell the judge that they do not recognize his authority over North Carolina license plates, and then direct the DMV to issue the plates in accordance with North Carolina regulations. If a request for a pro-abortion plate collects the required number of committed buyers, that plate could be issued as well.
LOL! I know! It’s a VIEWPOINT! An OPINION! What, now we’re not entitled to our opinion? Put duct tape on your plates.
They have Code Pink plates in opposition to “Support Our Troops”? Outrageous!
Doesn’t NC fund abortions for “the poor” at the state level? Doesn’t it have a high abortion rate, like CA, NY, FL, or TX?
First, I think it is a mistake for conservatives to support ANY messages on license plates. Even if the state charges extra, this is an unnecessary intrusion of government into our free speech.
It leads to fights like this, because everybody wants the government stamp of approval on their message. And I can guarantee you that before we are through, the government will be approving a LOT MORE messages we find offensive than the other way around.
A license plate should be a license plate. Vanity plates should be about the letters on the plate, not messages printed on it.
If you want a message around your plate, get a plate frame or a bumper sticker. Problem solved.
For this particular issue, Virginia already has a “choose life” plate, and in Virginia, money raised from selling special plates goes in part to the sponsoring organizations, which again entangles government in private business. But we successfully defended our plates, although there was a planned parenthood version which sold so terribly badly. In that case, I think the legislature tried to re-assign the “profits” from the planned parenthood version to a crisis pregnancy center group.
All of which was political drama that could be avoided if we stripped down governments’ reach, and didn’t let them print special license plates.
RESPECT FEDERAL JUDGES
HANG 'EM HIGH
(Hey.. sauce for the goose, right?)
Isn’t that what conservative students and potential faculty experience at publicly funded universities?
You can go to any trophy shop or awards engraver & get license plate HOLDERS that can have anything you want put onto the insert bar.
We have used such items for years as awards for completion of endurance rides. I have one that says TOP TEN on the top mar and FIRE MOUNTAIN 50 on the bottom bar.