A federal judge has ruled Maryland to start phasing out Confederate flag license plates this fall. Attorney General Brian Fosh said the flag was a “symbol of hate and division and did not have a place in government.”

In a statement to Reuters, Frosh said, “I look forward to the day when these plates are no longer on the road.” Maryland tried to recall the plates in the ‘90s, but at the time, the tags were ruled as protected under the First Amendment.


The state will follow Texas, who was the first to end the sale of “Sons of Confederate Veterans” license plates back in June, as well as Virginia, who removed the option to purchase Confederate flag license plates the month after.

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