TALLAHASSEE (CBS4) – The Sons of Confederate Veterans have won a free speech case against the state of Florida over the creation of a specialty license plate.

Judge John Antoon said Thursday that Florida’s specialty license plate law limited the free speech of the Confederate group. The law had allowed the state Legislature to decide whether a group can get a specialty license plate.

Antoon said the law would give the Florida Legislature the ability to decline an application for a specialty plate based on a group’s viewpoint or political ideology.

The Sons of Confederate Veteran’s application was approved by the Florida DMV. A bill for a Confederate heritage license plate was introduced in the Legislature in 2008, but no action was ever taken on the proposal.

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Comments (31)
  1. Matt says:


    I’m all for it! Be proud of your heritage. Don’t hide it like it’s a skeleton in a closet.

  2. Jimbo99 says:

    What a non-issue in this world ? Just buy a standard FL issue license plate and move on with your life.

  3. clift says:

    We have to allow right to life tags and evry other group and school to have a tag, so since so many “activists” insist on free speech for those groups, these people have the same right. Suck it up or just end all of this tag nonsense.

  4. juan says:

    don’t get offend with my message but you may stand on the middle of the street and speak up your mind about “CONFEDERATE HERITAGE” Tattoo in your forehead “CONFEDERATE HERITAGE” that’s free speech, paint your car all over with the “CONFEDERATE HERITAGE” that’s free speech you don’t need to waste tax payers money to get a license plate to honor your father.

    1. barry cohen says:

      Waste taxpayers money? Who pays for the tags genius?

  5. Harvey J. says:

    Hey!! The Civil War ended a long time ago and you guysost.

  6. GAIN AND AGAIN says:


    I remember those days 😉

  7. MiamiMex says:

    Ah. I compared the Sons of the Confererates with Louis Farrakan and they removed that post.

    America is a free place! For some people…

  8. Dave says:

    God Bless Confederate Florida. This ountry now is a lost cause, left/liberals have ruined it to no return, you won alright. Although tell me, what exactly did you win? Third world cities? A nation so far in debt it will nev er be able to pay it’s way out? Corrupt politicians?

    It’s too bad the Conferacy lost, and to think of how great and free we could have been.

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