A federal judge in North Carolina has banned the state from pumping out "Choose Life" license plates, arguing that the North Carolina government's refusal to allow alternative pro-choice plates makes the act unconstitutional.
Salon informs us
of the controversy, which was highlighted last year when the ACLU filed a lawsuit claiming that North Carolina's barring of custom plates with phrases like "Respect Choice," coupled with its issuance of "Choose Life" plates, was a violation of the 1st Amendment.
In his ruling, US District Judge James C. Fox said the double standard at work constituted "viewpoint discrimination," and that it was unconstitutional not to allow for pro-choice license plates if their pro-life counterparts are to be allowed to proliferate.
"This is a great victory for the free speech rights of all North Carolinians," said the ACLU's Chris Brook. "The government cannot create an avenue of expression for one side of a contentious political issue while denying an equal opportunity to citizens with the opposite view."