Appeals court hears "Choose Life" case

A federal appeals court in St. Louis is hearing arguments in a lawsuit over Missouri's "Choose Life" license plates.

The hearing before the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was taking place Thursday. A decision isn't expected for several weeks.

Earlier this year, a federal court ruled that Missouri must issue a new specialty license plate that reads "Choose Life." But the state appealed.

The Alliance Defense Fund sued in June 2006 on behalf of Choose Life of Missouri and the group's president. The suit alleges lawmakers violated free speech, due process and equal protection rights by rejecting the group's application for the specialty plate, while approving other proposals.

The 8th Circuit refused to stay the federal court's decision while the case is on appeal.