The Children First Foundation v. Fiala

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Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Description:  The Children First Foundation, through its ADF attorneys, filed suit against the New York Department of Motor Vehicles in 2004 for rejecting the pro-adoption group’s application to sponsor a “Choose Life” specialty plate as part of a state program.

2nd Circuit rejects ‘Choose Life’ license plates

Friday, May 22, 2015

The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Legal Counsel Jeremy Tedesco regarding a federal court ruling in The Children First Foundation v. Fiala,  which rejects a pro-adoption group’s application to sponsor a “Choose Life” specialty plate with the New York Department of Motor Vehicles:

“Pro-adoption organizations should have the same speech rights as any other organization. While the district court affirmed this basic freedom, the circuit court denied free speech in favor of government censorship. The state doesn’t have the authority to target The Children First Foundation specialty plates for censorship based on its life-affirming viewpoint. The state has wrongly gotten away with speech discrimination against our client for more than 10 years. We will review our legal options.”
  • Pronunciation guide: Tedesco (Tuh-DESS’-koh)

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Previous news releases:

  • 2012-12-10: Will court override ‘Choose Life’ license plate?
  • 2011-11-09: NY ‘Choose Life’ license plates vindicated
  • 2006-03-08: Court of appeals: equal protection case for ‘Choose Life’ logo on license plates will move forward
  • 2005-01-05: New York fails to stop ADF lawsuit protecting free speech on license plates
  • 2004-08-04: ADF to New York DMV: No more discrimination

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