What about union plates?

Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

Attorneys have drawn the battle lines over a New York "Choose Life" license plate, and they are now waiting for a decision from a federal appeals court.

Tedesco, Jeremy (ADF)New York's Department of Motor Vehicles has denied permission for the pro-life plates, which would generate funds to meet the needs of babies whose mothers decide to carry them full-term and also promote adoption. Alliance Defending Freedom's Jeremy Tedesco tells OneNewsNow the state has denied the plate because it might be controversial.

"The problem for the state is the First Amendment doesn't allow this state to regulate what they think to be controversial speech; it's just not a permissible standard under the First Amendment," the attorney relays.

"The bottom line is any conceivable speech could be controversial, and to say you're not going to allow it because people may dislike it or disagree with it is a viewpoint discriminatory reason for excluding speech."

Even so, the state stands by its policy.

"One of the interesting things about the state's arguments here are the plates they've allowed in," Tedesco notes. "They say no controversy, but they have pro-union plates. Unions are obviously at the heart of a lot of the political and social issues of our day" -- perhaps supporting abortion, special rights for homosexuals, or providing financial support for left-wing political candidates.

Tedesco expects the Second U.S. Circuit of Appeals to hand down a decision within a few months.

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