The proposed plate in question.
Today the U.S. Supreme Court is slated to hear the case looking at whether Texas officials violated First Amendment rights over a proposed Confederate flag specialty license plate. The case, Walker v. Texas Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Inc., is a fascinating one because, despite what you'd expect from Texas, the poster child state of all things conservative, the state government has taken a firm stance against allowing the Confederate flag on Texas license plates.
This all started about five years ago when the Sons of Confederate Veterans applied for a specialty license plate showing the Confederate flag along with the name of the group and the year it was established, 1896. Now, you can get a specialty license plate for just about anything, including wild turkeys and Dr Pepper, so it's possible that the Sons of Confederate Veterans (an ardent group that tends to show up at various vaguely Civil War-associated events dressed in thick and fairly historically accurate gray wool Confederate uniforms) never considered that anyone would have a problem with this particular plate.More »