ACLU Of Tennessee To Appeal Pro-Life License Plates

30 03 2006

Via Tennessean

Despite a federal appeals court ruling this month that lets Tennessee put “Choose Life” on license plates, it isn’t clear when — or even if — the tags will ever hit the road.

The American Civil Liberties Union is likely to appeal to the full panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals or to the U.S. Supreme Court, Hedy Weinberg, executive director of the ACLU of Tennessee, said yesterday.

“They’re playing it too safe,” Rep. Glen Casada, R-College Grove, said. “Just because there’s a chance for appeals, there is no reason to stop what the 6th Circuit said was OK to do. … It’s time to move forward.”

Tennessee should be just several months away from production of the pro-life plates.

The ACLU and other plaintiffs have a week to ask judges to keep a court order in place that prohibits the state from making the “Choose Life” plates. The state Safety Department will not manufacture the plates until the court order is lifted and the legal matter is resolved, said Julie Oaks, spokeswoman for the Department of Safety, which runs the state license plate office.

Once that happens, and if the courts uphold the tags as constitutional, it would still be at least two months until the plates could be sold at county clerk offices.

In the March 17 ruling, the three-member appeals panel said Tennessee would be within its rights to issue the “Choose Life” plates while denying a plate encouraging abortion rights.

I wrote earlier this month that the ACLU is simply not listening to reason with this.

The Court rejected the ACLU’s argument that the government created a “forum” for expression in which the state would have to accept contradictory messages. The Court noted that when the government promotes a message, like “Register to Vote” or “Support our Troops,” it does not have to create the opposite message like, “Don’t Vote” or “Stop the War.” If it were otherwise, then government messages on postage stamps or billboards would be contradictory, chaotic and confusing.

The trigger-happy ACLU is guilty once again, of Ready. … SHOOT!! … Aim.

I stand by this point still.

Other pro-lifer’s: Stop The ACLU

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