This image provided by the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles shows the design of a proposed Sons of Confederate Veterans license plate. The Supreme Court on March 23, 2015, will weigh a free-speech challenge to Texas’ decision to refuse to issue a license plate bearing the Confederate battle flag. Specialty plates are big business in Texas, where drivers spent $17.6 million last year to choose from among more than 350 messages the state allows on the plates. (AP Photo/Texas Department of Motor Vehicles)

This image provided by the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles shows the design of a proposed Sons of Confederate Veterans license plate. The Supreme Court on March 23, 2015, will weigh a free-speech challenge to Texas’ decision to refuse to issue a license plate bearing the Confederate battle flag. Specialty plates are big business in Texas, where drivers spent $17.6 million last year to choose from among more than 350 messages the state allows on the plates. (AP Photo/Texas Department of Motor Vehicles)

Confederate Flags on License Plates

As far as history and legacy goes, the Confederate battle flag is a part of the culture of many people in the Southern States. Some, such as Texas, honor the Confederacy in a wide variety of ways, such as a Confederate Heroes Day. But having the flag on a license plate is out of the question.

The state of Texas feels that while acknowledging the Confederacy is fine, having a flag on a license plate would be very offensive. However, now the Supreme Court is weighing in on the issue and will ultimately decide on if the state can refuse to allow the flag on a license plate, while at the same time making sure it doesn’t violate the right to freedom of speech.

The group known as the Sons of Confederate Veterans were the ones who brought up the lawsuit once they learned the state would not allow it to be printed on license plates. Earlier, the group’s application for new plates was denied by a state motor vehicle board because they felt it was offensive to other Texans who feel it’s a symbol of racism. Yet a federal appeals court ruled this violated their freedom of speech.

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