U.S. justices to hear Confederate license plate free speech case


Today SCOTUS agreed to hear Walker v. Sons of Confederate Veterans to decide if Texas officials should have approved a state license plate that depicts the Confederate flag.

The case raises the issue of how states can allow or reject politically divisive messages on license plates without violating free speech rights.

The Texas division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans Inc said its members’ free speech rights were violated when the state, which has a program that allows groups to suggest messages to be used on specially designed plates, declined to approve the plate.

In rejecting the proposal, the state said it had received public comments that suggested “many members of the general public find the design offensive.”


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