Arizona commission ordered to OK Choose Life plate by Jan. 23

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PHOENIX -- Now that an anti-abortion group has won a long legal fight, an Arizona commission is being ordered to meet by Jan.23 and approve a special "choose life" license plate for vehicles.

Fight started in 2002

U.S. District Judge Paul Rosenblatt sets the deadline in an order that also requires to state to take all necessary steps for "timely production and issuance" of the new plate.

The judgment by Rosenblatt comes after the U.S. Supreme Court in October left in place a federal appellate court ruling in favor of the Arizona Life Coalition.

The appeals court said the state commission on license plates violated the group's constitutional right to free speech by turning down its application.

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