In separate free-speech rulings Thursday, the Supreme Court ruled against an Arizona town’s sign code, which was used to punish a small, local church, but in favor of Texas officials who refused to issue a license plate bearing a Confederate flag.
The justices didn’t fully agree with each other on the rulings, which reversed decisions by, respectively, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
In the eight-year-long Arizona church sign case, Reed v. Town of Gilbert, Justice Clarence Thomas concluded that the town’s signage code was “content based,” which meant the code had to meet the highest constitutional test.