Supreme Court to Hear Confederate-Flag License Plate Case

With the Confederate battle flag prominently displayed, members of the Fraternal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan participate in the 11th Annual Nathan Bedford Forrest Birthday March on July 11, 2009, in Pulaski, Tenn. Forrest was a senior officer in the Confederate Army during the American Civil War.
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The U.S. Supreme Court is slated to review whether Texas’ rejection of a proposed license plate featuring the Confederate flag—a racially divisive emblem from the Civil War era—violated the free-speech rights of the group that wanted the special plates, the Washington Post reports.

Courts are divided over whether government may choose among the political messages requested for state-issued plates or whether such messages should be recognized as the speech of the motorist and entitled to more protection, the Post writes.


A panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit said that Texas officials were wrong to turn down a request from the Sons of Confederate Veterans. The plate would have featured the group’s logo: a Confederate battle flag framed on all four sides by the words “Sons of Confederate Veterans 1896,” the report says.

Read more at the Washington Post.

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