Texas can keep Confederate flag off license plates, Supreme Court rules

Via The National Law Journal:

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that Texas can keep the Confederate flag off the specialty license plates it issues to drivers.

Rejecting a First Amendment claim by the Sons of Confederate Veterans, the justices ruled, 5-4, that the license plates are a form of government—not private—speech, thereby giving the state leeway to decide which messages are allowed on the plates.

“When government speaks, it is not barred by the free speech clause from determining the content of what it says,” Justice Stephen Breyer wrote for the majority. Government statements, Breyer said, “do not normally trigger the First Amendment rules designed to protect the marketplace of ideas.”