Legal News of the Day: No “Choose Life” License Plates Without Pro-Choice Alternative

On Friday, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina ruled that North Carolina cannot offer specialty pro-life licenses plates without offering an alternative of pro-choice license plates.  Judge James Fox held that the plates were private speech, as opposed to government speech that the North Carolina General Assembly is able to regulate.  As such, to allow pro-life license plates without the pro-choice option would be “viewpoint discrimination in violation of the First Amendment.”