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Judge rules VA can remove Confederate Flag from license plates

Virginia Confederate license plate sample (Source: DMVNow) Virginia Confederate license plate sample (Source: DMVNow)
RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

Federal Judge Jackson Kiser has ruled that Virginia can remove the Confederate Battle Flag from license plates, dissolving his 2001 injunction that allowed the flag on specialty plates.

"This ruling will allow Virginia to remove a symbol of oppression and injustice from public display on its license plates," said Attorney General Mark Herring.

Herring argued that state government does not have to endorse the divisive symbol.

"I appreciate Governor McAuliffe's leadership in calling for the removal of the flag and those on my team who moved quickly to get it done," said Herring.

The 2001 injunction had allowed the Sons of Confederate Veterans to place the confederate battle flag on certain specialty license plates in Virginia.

The ruling will not be official until Kiser enters his order, addressing whether the decision will only apply to new plates or will also apply to existing ones.

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