RALEIGH, N.C. – A federal appeals court must reconsider whether North Carolina can issue "Choose Life" license plates.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ordered the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider its ruling last year that the state could not issue a license plate with an anti-abortion slogan unless it also issued a plate with the opposite point of view.
The order to rehear the case came after the justices ruled 5-4 last week that Texas could refuse to issue Confederate battle flag plates. In that ruling, the Supreme Court said plates are government property and don't have to offer both sides of the debate.
The American Civil Liberties Union said it was disappointed in the ruling and again asked lawmakers to offer a plate with a message supporting abortion rights.
This story has been corrected to show the Supreme Court ruled that Texas could refuse to issue Confederate battle flag plates.