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