In a 5–4 decision Thursday, the Supreme Court ruled Texas is allowed to ban specialty license plates featuring an image of the Confederate flag.
The Court upheld the state's authority over messages conveyed via specialty plates because they are not considered a private platform for free speech. Instead, the case ruled that license plates fall under government speech and Texas is allowed to choose the messages it supports,
The plate was originally proposed in 2013 but was rejected by the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles. The Sons of Confederate Veterans, an organization for descendants of ex-Confederate soldiers, then argued the rejection was a violation of their First Amendment rights.
While Texas can now reject the Confederate flag license plate, other state governments may continue to allow the plates.