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Group wants Confederate flag on Ky. license plates

The flag used by the Confederate States of America does not fly outside public buildings in Kentucky, but it could soon fly down public roads.
/ Source: WLWT.com

The flag used by the Confederate States of America during the Civil War does not fly outside public buildings in Kentucky, but it could soon be flying down public roads.

The group Kentucky Sons of Confederate Veterans has proposed a license plate honoring troops who fought against the Union Army during the 1861-1865 war that ended slavery.

"The idea with the plate is that everything with the SCV is to honor Confederate soldiers, heritage and history, and the SCV and get this in front of the public," said SCV spokesman Don Shelton.

The vanity plate would display an illustration of Confederate President and Kentuckian Jefferson Davis, along with the rebel flag.

"That's the flag of our ancestors; that's the flag they fought and died under," Shelton said.

Kentucky is among three states with similar proposals, including Texas and Florida, and nine states already sell similar license plates to motorists.

Once the group files a formal application to allow the plates, review will determine if they meet state standards.

State officials declined to speculate on whether the license plates would be permitted.