Skip to comments.Court Rules New York May Not Issue Pro-Life License Plate
Posted on 05/26/2015 1:39:54 PM PDT by NYer
Pro-adoption organizations should have the same speech rights as any other organization, said the attorney representing a group whose pro-life license plate has been denied for the past 13 or 14 years in New York.
The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Friday reversed a lower court ruling ordering the state to let an adoption advocacy group put the words "Choose Life" on its own plates.
By a 2-1 vote, the court said the commissioner of the state Department of Motor Vehicles had "broad discretion" to decide which plates to permit, and did not violate the First Amendment free speech rights of the Children First Foundation in rejecting the "Choose Life" plates, Reuters reported.
"The state doesnt have the authority to target The Children First Foundation specialty plates for censorship based on its life-affirming viewpoint," said Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Legal Counsel Jeremy Tedesco. "The state has wrongly gotten away with speech discrimination against our client for more than 10 years.
According to Judge Rosemary Pooler, who wrote the majority opinion in The Children First Foundation v. Fiala, the content of custom plates was "private speech" and the plates themselves a "nonpublic forum." Therefore the DMV's uniform policy of excluding controversial, politically sensitive messages from plates, which the agency said stemmed from highway safety concerns, was "reasonable and viewpoint neutral, which is all that the First Amendment requires."
A 2011 federal district court decision, which was reversed in the latest turn, ruled that the DMV must issue Choose Life plates. The lawsuit began in 2004, when the DMV imposed a still-standing moratorium on new custom plate applications. Gov. Andrew Cuomo broke that moratorium, however, when the New York Giants won the Superbowl in 2012.
Twenty-nine states allow Choose Life license tags. Tedesco said the organization would review its legal options.
Here is the site that contains the various NY custom plates:
Reason number 535 as to why no one should ever ever visit New York.
The same state that is infiltrating FLORIDUH, with their BS!
We can have this: http://www.flhsmv.gov/dmv/specialtytags/miscellaneous/choose_life.html
FNY & the donkey they ride on!
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No vanity plates.Problem solved.
Agreed. I’m not so insecure in my beliefs that I need the state to reinforce them for me.
Not only do those words not appear in the constitution, *Jesus* is actually mentioned in there, and it explicitly says the President is exempted from working on the Christian Sabbath day.
"Separation of Church and State" is a vile lie created by Roosevelt appointees back in 1948. In 1787 and thereafter, several states had officially sanctioned state religions.
The Reasons for the no religious tests in the Constitution was the result of trying to smooth things over between states with differing denominations of Christianity. It was never intended to eschew Christianity in it's entirety, but that is what those ignorant/lying bastard judges did since Roosevelt completely screwed up the Federal Judiciary with all the kooks he appointed to the bench.
He looked up the First Amendment and was surprised at what it said and how plainly clear the language was. When Franklin answered, A republic, maam, if you can keep it, he really meant it. Its a populace made ignorant of its rights by government school teachers aka propagandists.
Every Amendment since the 12th has been geared towards shifting us from a Republic to a Democracy.
Most of them are absolute botches.
Thanks for that. I looked but couldn't find it.
List of Associations with specialty plates.
American Motorcyclist Association (vehicle)
American Motorcyclist Association (motorcycle)
BMW Car Club of America
Harley Owners Group (vehicle)
Harley Owners Group (motorcycle)
New York State Horse Council
Porsche Club of America Ski Areas of NYS
Ancient Order of Hibernians
Fraternal Order of Eagles
Knights of Columbus
Martin Luther King, Jr.
NYS Association for Reduction, Reuse & Recycling
Prince Hall Masons
Telephone Pioneers of America
Theodore Roosevelt Association
I think the NYS Association for Reduction, Reuse and Recycling could be regarded as a political organization. So could some others, depending on how broadly you wished to define the term regarding group advocacy.
Yes, but Lady Liberty was determined by a court to be inside the New Jersey boundaries, so NYS had to remove that hateful jerseyite!
Your entire rebuttal is one big reverse"tu quoque" argument. Because Obama is defeated in these examples, that makes it okay that Justice is denied in New York.
No, I think I want consistent justice all across the land, not just here and there.
The Judiciary has become a fever swamp of kooky theories and rulings which are unhinged from sanity, and we need to purge the system of the loons which infest it.
No problem. I only found it because I happened to be on the NY DMV site yesterday renewing my license.
I agree that there are a few organizations that arguably could be considered political advocacy (though, I think the NYS Association for Reduction, Reuse and Recycling is actually a trade association for people/organizations in the recycling industry), though maybe none as clearly political as the “Choose Life” one. Close call, I guess.
My personal opinion is that all of these custom plates should go. Want a vanity plate? Sure. But all of the plates should be on the same generic state background.
Its a gross overgeneralization to say that because a case in New York was wrongly decided, that means that the entire judiciary is corrupt.
It is just plain wrong to be casting illogical aspersions on the hundreds, if not thousands of conservative justices in this country who do their job ethically and correctly every single day.
It is also wrong to lump all members of any profession together as if they all think the same way. That’s just silly. There are good justices, there are bad justices. Whenever anyone goes to court, they should know that they will win sometimes and they will lose sometimes. If they lose when they should have won, appeal to a higher court.
First, it was the Jets and the Giants!
I agree. They should have a consistent policy for all organizations. All or None.
Tis but the most recent example. Other examples abound. The gay wedding stuff for example.
It is also wrong to lump all members of any profession together as if they all think the same way. Thats just silly. There are good justices, there are bad justices. Whenever anyone goes to court, they should know that they will win sometimes and they will lose sometimes. If they lose when they should have won, appeal to a higher court.
The courts are somewhat unique in that their work product is not subject to review by objective standards. Everyone else can be objectively analyzed for success or failure, but due to the nature of the Legal system, there is no means of holding them accountable for turning out a horrible work product.
What other profession exists where the quality of your work can be crap but you can still make a living?
“What other profession exists where the quality of your work can be crap but you can still make a living?”
Only every profession and occupation that there is. Ever heard of tenure in the teaching profession? Ever heard of guaranteed, no cut contracts in professional athletics? Ever heard of practicing physicians who have lost malpractice lawsuits? Ever been to a phone company, a car dealership, the DMV? Are all of our federally elected officials with seniority, competent?
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