Walker v. Texas Department, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Inc.

Texas denied the Confederate Veterans’ request to include a Confederate flag on a Texas license plate. The state allowed other groups to add their slogans to the plates. The Court granted cert. on the questions “(1) Whether the messages and images that appear on state-issued specialty license plates qualify as government speech immune from any requirement of viewpoint neutrality; and (2) whether Texas engaged in “viewpoint discrimination” by rejecting the license-plate design proposed by the Sons of Confederate Veterans, when Texas has not issued any license plate that portrays the confederacy or the confederate battle flag in a negative or critical light.” Oral argument was held on March 23, 2015.  Professor Leslie Gielow Jacobs of the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law provided a commentary about the oral argument here.

On June 18, 2015, the Court ruled 5-4 that because the license plate was government speech, Texas could refuse to allow the Confederate flag on a license plate. Professor Leslie Gielow Jacobs of the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law provided a commentary about the opinion here.

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