Texas ban on Confederate flag on license plates upheld

Via New York Law Journal:

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 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, in a 5-4 decision, said that the license plate is a form of government speech, not private speech, thereby giving Texas leeway to decide which messages are allowed on the plates.

The decision will have an impact on a case before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit where, in May, a divided panel held that the New York Department of Motor Vehicles acted reasonably and within its authority to refuse to issue a “Choose Life” custom license plate.