By: NBC17 Staff | NBC17.com
Published: December 10, 2012
RALEIGH, N.C. --
U.S. District Court Judge James C. Fox ruled on Friday that the state's proposed "Choose Life" license plate is unconstitutional and in violation of the First Amendment because no license plate offering an opposing view was proposed, according to a news release Monday from the ACLU.
The American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina filed a lawsuit last year after N.C. House Bill 289 was passed by the North Carolina General Assembly and signed by Gov. Bev Perdue June 30, 2011.
The bill authorized the creation of a "Choose Life" license plate, but did not allow for a license plate supporting reproductive choice.
The legislature had six opportunities to pass an amendment allowing for a “Trust Women. Respect Choice” or a “Respect Choice” plate, but rejected all six attempts, the ACLU said.
Fox placed a permanent injunction against the production of the license plate with his ruling on Friday.
In the ruling, Fox concluded "that by authorizing the 'Choose Life' plate without also offering a pro-choice alternative, the State has engaged in impermissible viewpoint discrimination in violation of the First Amendment."
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