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Cases Involving 'Choose Life' Tags

by C1ay / October 6, 2004 10:05 PM PDT

It seems there are a rising number of cases over "Choose Life" tags in numerous states. In Tennessee U.S. District Judge Todd Campbell decided Tennessee's "Choose Life" license plate was unconstitutional because it promotes only one side of the abortion debate. He deemed it "viewpoint discrimination" and said his ruling would have been the same if the Volunteer State had approved a "Pro-Choice" plate.

"These issues are genuinely hard because there seem to be slippery slopes in both directions," said legal scholar Michael C. Dorf, who teaches law at Columbia University in New York.

I can see both sides here. On the one hand it makes since to have both viewpoints represented on this issue. On the other hand, I can't imagine anyone wanting a 'Kill The Whales' plate as a counterview to 'Save The Whale' plates. How about a plate that says, "Only you can start forest fires"? What do you think?

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Re: Cases Involving 'Choose Life' Tags
by Evie / October 6, 2004 10:12 PM PDT

Hi Clay,

I think they can offer the opposing view, and if not enough plates are sold to maintain the design, let the chips fall where they may. Personally I find all these plates a bit much. Folks can adorn their bumpers or windshields with enough stickers, etc., to get out their point. Vanity plates are one thing. All these special plates just get confusing if you ask me.

Evie Happy

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I might take one that said....
by James Denison / October 7, 2004 12:48 AM PDT

....Whalers Association, or Whale Skinners.

Probably not though since I don't really like vanity plates either. Most of them are either stupid, silly, or undecipherable. Waste of money, but at least it's their money. The commemorative plates are a bit different. They have some nice ones here for the Chesapeake Bay preservation. I'm more of the opinion that if people want to make a statement, put a bumper sticker on, and leave the tags alone. Since the plates are a government issued item, wouldn't it be better if the only commemorative plates has something to do with government service, or a government supported project? Let private organizations make bumper stickers or plate holders instead.

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