Governor orders Confederate flag removed from Virginia state license plates
RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe has ordered the Confederate flag removed from Virginia state license plates. The flag is displayed on a specialty plate designed for the Sons of Confederate Veterans. The governor's announcement came in the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that the state of Texas was allowed to reject a license plate design that featured a Confederate battle flag and the removal of the flag from the South Carolina statehouse grounds following last week's fatal shootings at am African-American church in Charleston.
McAuliffe said he has asked the Attorney General's office to "take steps to reverse the prior Court ruling that requires the Confederate flag be placed on state license plates." He also told the Secretary of Transportation to "develop a plan for replacing the currently-issued plates as quickly as possible."
"These steps will, I hope, make clear that this Commonwealth does not support the display of the Confederate battle flag or the message it sends to the rest of the world," McAuliffe said.
Very glad @GovernorVA is removing Confederate flags from Va. license plates. This divisive emblem doesn't belong on state-issued plates.— Mark Warner (@MarkWarner) June 23, 2015
There are currently 1,594 Sons of Confederate Veterans license plates in Virginia, according to the Department of Motor Vehicles. The DMV was not yet clear on what to tell drivers who currently use the plate that displays the Confederate flag.
This is a developing story.