NC Bishops Disappointed In License Plate Ruling
U.S. District Court Judge James Fox ruled December 7, 2012, that North Carolina cannot proceed with the sale of “Choose Life” license plates. Judge Fox ruled the law passed by the North Carolina legislature in 2011 is unconstitutional, calling it “viewpoint discrimination in violation of the First Amendment.” He noted the state could not issue a “Choose Life” plate without making a plate available for those who favor abortion rights.
Rep. Mitch Gillespie, R-McDowell, who sponsored the "Choose Life" bill in the NC House, said he will encourage the North Carolina Attorney General's Office to appeal the decision.
In a joint statement, the Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge, Bishop of Raleigh, and the Most Reverend Peter J. Jugis, Bishop of Charlotte, said, "The decision by a federal judge to prohibit the sale of the “Choose Life” license plate in North Carolina is a tremendous disappointment. We are deeply saddened that North Carolina cannot join many other states that allow their citizens to display the Choose Life plates. We support the effort to encourage the Attorney General of our state to appeal this decision."