Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Yep, that's unconstitutional, all right

Sometimes it amazes me that it requires a judge to determine that something is unconstitutional. This is one of those times: "A federal judge ruled that North Carolina's new 'Choose Life' license plates are unconstitutional because the state does not offer a pro-choice alternative."

Basically, these plates offer citizens an opportunity to express their opinion on abortion, and "the legislation also mandated that money raised from the sale of the specialty plates would go to a nonprofit that supports crisis pregnancy centers." All of which would be fine, except "North Carolina lawmakers voted down amendments that would have created pro-choice alternatives such as 'Trust Women. Respect Choice.'" This amounts to legislators promoting one political point of view and suppressing another. It doesn't take a judge to see that's wrong.

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