A Wake County Superior Court Judge has thrown out a law banning payroll deduction for members of the N.C. Association of Educators.
Judge Paul Gessner held that dues deduction law "is permanently enjoined because it constitutes retaliatory viewpoint discrimination'' in violation of the Free Speech Clause of the state Constitution.
The measure was passed in a controversial post mid-night session last January by the Republican-controlled legislature after leaders made threats against the NCAE, which had backed Democratic candidates in the previous election.
"We are extremely pleased with the court's decision in this important case, especially the court's recognition that our members have a constitutional right to express their views on issues important to the education community," said NCAE president Rodney Ellis in a statement.
The NCAE was represented in the case by former N.C. Supreme Court Justice and GOP gubernatorial candidate Bob Orr.