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Daily Archives: October 4, 2011
North Carolina is the latest state to issue “Choose Life” license plates, and the American Civil Liberties Union is suing to stop them.
The plates will cost $25, with $15 going to the Carolina Pregnancy Care Fellowship, which “exists to offer help and encouragement to those God calls into pregnancy care ministry” and operates crisis pregnancy centers throughout the state.
Attempts to introduce alternative plates that read “Respect Choice” or “Trust Women. Respect Choice” failed to gain traction with the Republican-controlled North Carolina legislature, so the ACLU is suing for a group of “pro-choice automobile owners” who say the state is endorsing one viewpoint.
Katherine Lewis Parker, legal director of the ACLU’s North Carolina branch, explains:
The state is opening up a forum to one side of the argument. When they do that, they are constitutionally obligated to open to the other side.
She adds that “this is a free speech case — not an abortion case,” and that the ACLU would also challenge a state that produced only pro-choice plates.
State Rep. Mitch Gillespie, the plates’ Republican sponsor, says the suit is merely an effort by “an evil liberal organization to try to appease its liberal base.” He also says he thinks it will fail.
- NC ACLU sues over ‘Choose Life’ license plates (charlotte.news14.com)
- North Carolina Sued For Issuing Pro-Life License Plates While Refusing To Issue Pro-Choice Plates (jonathanturley.org)
- This week in the War on Women (dailykos.com)
Following the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, military chaplains will now be allowed to perform same-sex unions on or off a military installation.
A military chaplain may officiate at any private ceremony, but isn’t required if it would conflict with his or her religious or personal beliefs. The Pentagon also says Defense Department property may be used for private functions, including religious and other ceremonies such as same-sex unions, as long as it’s not prohibited by state or local laws.
- US: military chaplains may perform same-sex unions (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Military Chaplains May Perform Same-Sex Unions (dekerivers.wordpress.com)
- U.S. Military Chaplains May Perform Same-Sex Unions (foxnews.com)
- Military chaplains get OK to perform gay unions (msnbc.msn.com)
The Supreme Court has turned away another appeal from an Ohio judge who wanted to display a poster containing the Ten Commandments in his courtroom.
The court on Monday refused to hear the argument rom Richland County Common Pleas Judge James DeWeese.
The judge hung the poster in his courtroom in Mansfield, north of Columbus, in 2006 after the U.S. Supreme Court let stand lower-court rulings that another Ten Commandments poster he hung in 2000 violated separation between church and state.
The ACLU of Ohio Foundation sued, and the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the display endorsed religious views and was unconstitutional. The ACLU also sued in the first case.