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How SCOTUS’s Confederate flag decision affects your license plate




The Supreme Court ruled today that Texas was not at fault for refusing to issue a Confederate flag-themed license plate to a heritage group.
The Supreme Court ruled today that Texas was not at fault for refusing to issue a Confederate flag-themed license plate to a heritage group.

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The Supreme Court ruled today that Texas was within its rights in refusing to issue a Confederate flag-themed license plate to a heritage group.

In 2013, the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles rejected the proposed plate and the Sons of Confederate Veterans sued calling it a violation of their free speech rights. Today’s decision was 5-4, with Justice Clarence Thomas joining the four liberal members of the court. The justices ruled that messages that appear on license plates are “government speech,” giving the state ultimate power to decide what can go on them.

WALKER, CHAIRMAN, TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES BOARD, ET AL. v. TEXAS DIVISION, SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS, INC., ET AL.

Guest:

David Savage, Supreme Court reporter for the Los Angeles Times. He wrote about the court’s decision for the publication today