Saturday, 11. April 2015 19:47
The U.S. Supreme Court has heard arguments on a free speech case on whether Texas was wrong in rejecting a specialty vehicle license plate displaying the Confederate flag – to some an emblem of Southern pride and to others a symbol of racism.
The Court has to answer two free speech related questions in Walker v. Texas Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Inc.
1) Whether the messages and images that appear on state-issued specialty license plates qualify as government speech immune from being viewpoint neutral.
2) Whether Texas engaged in “viewpoint discrimination” by rejecting the Sons of Confederate Veterans license plate/
Or in other words, who, exactly, is doing the “speaking” in the case of a specialty license plate? The State? Or the person who displays the license plate on their vehicle?
What are the limits? The Washington Post gives a run down of the oral argument in the case before the Supreme Court here.
The National Constitution Center describes the two issues in the case and the facts of the case, and I provide some Pro and Con links below the fold: