City defends limits on Confederate flags
The city of Lexington is defending its decision to exclude the flying of the Confederate flag on municipal light poles.
A June 11 hearing is scheduled in U.S. District Court in Roanoke to consider the city’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the Sons of Confederate Veterans. The group claims the ordinance is a violation of its free speech.
Attorneys for the city of Lexington said the ordinance does not prevent the self-identified Southern heritage group or others from flying the flag within the city. The ordinance only limits what flags can fly on city-owned light poles.
If Lexington was compelled to let Confederate flags fly on city light poles, attorneys for the city say “an infinite number of interest groups” could demand the same treatment, including hate groups.