It's amazing what passes as a "great victory for the free speech rights" in the ACLU nowadays:
RALEIGH, N.C. – A federal judge has ruled it is unconstitutional for North Carolina to issue pro-life license plates unless the state offers similar plates supporting abortion rights.
U.S. District Court Judge James C. Fox ruled on Friday that North Carolina cannot produce or distribute the “Choose Life” plate.
Judge Fox concluded, “The State’s offering of a Choose Life license plate in the absence of a pro-choice plate constitutes viewpoint discrimination in violation of the First Amendment.”
The American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina Legal Foundation had filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina in Sept. 2011 on behalf of North Carolinians seeking a specialty license plate that supports a woman’s right to reproductive freedom.
“This is a great victory for the free speech rights of all North Carolinians, regardless of their point of view on reproductive freedom,” said Chris Brook, legal director of the ACLU-NCLF.
Brook said the government cannot create an avenue to express one side of a political issue while denying an equal opportunity to citizens with an opposing view.
No idiot (i.e. Chris Brooks), you and the ACLU just doubled down on denying one of their freedom of speech, something you guys supposedly claim to fight for (provided it falls within their political ideology). This is only a victory if you were fighting to protect their free speech and won. Instead you fought to silence all sides out of fairness. If protecting free speech was your goal they failed miserably, however I highly doubt that was Chris Brooks and the ACLU's true intentions. They would rather negotiate one groups' free speech rights to appease anothers' ideology.
The left couldn't get the pro-abortion plates they wanted approved by the state, so instead they compromised another groups' rights by fighting to block existing license plates that are already available to the general public, just not in North Carolina now... thanks to Brooks and the ACLU. Choose Life specialty plates are still available in various other states (for now).
This could only be considered a "victory" if you were cursed with zero athletic ability, played on a losing team that stunk every time they tried and viewed that participation trophy you got at the end of the year simply for putting on your uniform and showing up on gameday the equivelant of "finishing first".
What target that offends liberals will be next? God Bless America plates? There's numerous states that have those. How about Don't Tread on Me plates? We can't have those without plates spouting a pro-Socialism stance, can we?