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AUSTIN, Texas – The U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether the government or individual drivers control the message on a license plate.

“This plate is about the men who fought for their country,” said Marshall Davis.

Davis is a spokesperson for the Sons of Confederate Veterans. He says they want a license plate to honor those who fought in the Civil War.

“We would like to honor our ancestors, the same as Vietnam veterans are honored with Texas plates, Korean War vets, Iraqi Freedom,” he said.

However, Texas officials would not issue the plate because of the Confederate battle flag.

The state says the flag is a forceful symbol in the minds of many Americans.

“To assign the viewpoint that the flag is offensive ignores the fact that that flag and that symbol is a sign of heritage and honor and a veteran’s memorial plate,” Davis said.

The state says it is not violating freedom of speech because license plates are supposed to be regulated by the government.

The state has sole control over the messages on the plates and Texas does not want to show support for the flag.

In court documents, the state said, “States will recoil from the prospect of placing their names next to messages amplifying al Qaeda or the Nazi party.”

Davis says that is “viewpoint discrimination.”

“It’s time that our case gets heard by the highest court in the land and, hopefully, some justice and some equal and fair representation will be allowed to everything Confederate,” he said.

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