City de­fends lim­its on Con­fed­er­ate flags

The Washington Times Daily - - Metro -

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.

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