Texans Lose Bid for Confederate Flag License Plates
Updated: Friday, 11 Nov 2011, 7:41 AM EST
Published : Friday, 11 Nov 2011, 7:41 AM EST
AUSTIN, Texas - Texas drivers lost their bid to get the Confederate battle flag added to specialty license plates, with an overwhelming rejection by the state's Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), the Houston Chronicle reported.
The unanimous vote came during an emotional DMV board meeting Thursday, during which several African-Americans said that they associate the Confederate flag with bondage and brutality and noted that hate groups -- including the Ku Klux Klan -- still use it.
Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) also warned that putting the flag on license plates could reopen painful scars and trigger violence, according to the report.
The Sons of Confederate Veterans wanted the plates to commemorate relatives who fought under the flag during the Civil War. The group is likely to file a lawsuit, Texas division commander Granvel Block said.
The DMV board was deadlocked 4-4 when the application first came up in April, but Thursday's decision came just weeks after Gov. Rick Perry -- who is running for the US presidency -- expressed opposition to the proposal while on the campaign trail. All of the board members were appointed by Perry.
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