- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 5, 2016

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Nebraskan lawmakers are so partisan that they’re unwilling to bend when it comes to providing increased funding for prenatal-care facilities.

On Monday, an effort to create “Choose Life,” specialty license plates in the state’s legislature was left for dead. The bill would’ve authorized the Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles to create “Choose Life” plates that would have cost $5 more than standard plates, with the proceeds going toward funding of prenatal-care facilities.

The bill was withdrawn by its author after some in the legislature added an amendment that would have proposed the words “and freedom of choice” be added after “choose life.”

Another amendment to the bill was swapping out “Choose Life,” with “Black Lives Matter,” “Love your Mother,” “Ban Meat,” “Ban Genetically Modified Organisms,” or “Legalize It” in reference to marijuana.

The Lincoln Journal Star reported: “Critics said the bill would have enabled discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people by protecting faith-based adoption agencies from losing funding for refusing to work with LGBT people.”

You have got to be kidding me.

I understand that because of a Supreme Court ruling last year, states have the rights to protect what’s printed on their license plates — that it’s not an individual’s free speech. But Nebraska seems to be going way too far into politically correct territory here — and in the process discriminating against others beliefs and denying new mothers funding for the care they need.

That’s petty politics indeed.

Nebraska should take a note out of Virginia’s playbook.

Virginia offers more than 200 special plates that it says on its website “enable people with a common interest to identify or promote themselves or their cause.” The plates are $10 extra — a money-maker for the state — and only limit those that are profane, sexually explicit, excretory-related, used to describe intimate body parts, drugs, used to condone or encourage violence and used to describe illegal activities.

I say that’s pretty reasonable.

So yeah, I’d be in support of a “Black Lives Matter” or “Love your Mother” (whatever that means) license plate, so long as you’ll allow my “Choose Life,” or “All Lives Matter” plates as well.

That’s what I call nondiscrimination.

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