The Second Circuit Court of Appeals holds that New York’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has the right to ban “Choose Life” license plates on the grounds that such a statement is “patently offensive.” If drivers purchased the plates, the purchasing price was split between the DMV and the non-profit. The Children First Foundation (CFF), an organization promoting adoption as an alternative to abortion submitted [the “Choose Life” tag design]. The DMV claimed it was simply carrying out a ban on plates concerning politically divisive topics. Judge Rosemary Pooler, a Clinton appointee, agreed with New York’s position in her majority opinion. She took this view even though she also ruled that license plates are private speech subject to First Amendment protections. Despite these protections, however, she said that so many New Yorkers could find a plate advocating an anti-abortion position “patently offensive” that the DMV was justified in suppressing the speech.
I wrote this article once already, but due to political correctness, it was pulled. Even though I followed the rules and gave all of the appropriate warnings, it was still evidently too graphic too show. I could not let it go. If there was ever a case that was so clear-cut between GOOD VERSUS EVIL….this is it. Now if a group of militant LGBT supporters submitted a rainbow tag, not a single word would be said. “Black Lives Matter,” “My Body/My Choice,” or “Feminist United,” nothing would be said. These would never fall into the “patently offensive” category; which, by the way, is usually reserved for obscenity only. Choosing Life is the most important aspect of this case, but not the only aspect.
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