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Rejection of Confederate License Plates Did Not Violate First Amendment

Posted Jun 19, 2015

Rejection of Confederate License Plates Did Not Violate First Amendment

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled  that Texas did not violate the First Amendment when it rejected a specialty license plate featuring the Confederate flag.  A 5-4 majority said the speech qualified as government speech.  Justice Breyer wrote, “Indeed, a person who displays a message on a Texas license plate likely intends to convey to the public that the State has endorsed that message.  If not, the individual could simply display the message in question in larger letters on a bumper sticker right next to the plate”.  Read about it in the Washington Post and ABA Journal.   See the SCOTUSblog coverage of this case, and others decided by the Supreme Court with links to articles, analysis and case documents.